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  • Obama makes light of New York traffic chaos he causes by saying 'it's actually pretty smooth for me'

    09/24/2014 4:38:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/23/14 | Francesca Chambers
    ....Obama joked today during a New York speech that he doesn't seem to have the traffic problems the city's residents are always complaining about. 'It's actually pretty smooth for me during the week,' Obama said, after playfully arguing that everyone in New York 'hypes' the traffic. 'I don't know what the problem is,' he told attendees of the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting. 'I haven't noticed.'
  • Questions Raised About Ties Between Brookings Institution, Qatar’s Government

    09/24/2014 4:49:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/24/2014 | Daniel Wiser
    Recent revelations of significant financial ties between the Brookings Institution and Qatar’s government are raising new questions about the policy positions of the influential Washington think tank—including one top scholar’s writings about an al Qaeda-linked group, known as Ahrar al-Sham, that is funded by a terrorist financier linked to the Qatari royal family.The New York Times reported earlier this month that Qatar has pledged a $14.8 million, four-year donation to Brookings, making it the “single biggest foreign donor” to the think tank. That money will help finance Brookings’ Doha Center in Qatar and its project on U.S. relations with the...
  • Coke and Pepsi Sign up For New Calorie-Reduction Pledge (at Clinton Global Initiative)

    09/23/2014 3:23:11 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    Advertising Age ^ | 9/23/14 | E.J. Schultz.
    The nation's largest soda marketers -- which have been feeling the heat from health advocates -- on Tuesday pledged to reduce beverage calories consumed per person nationally by 20% by 2025. Executives from PepsiCo, Coca-Cola Co. and Dr Pepper Snapple group announced the goal in New York City at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.
  • Hillary Clinton Admits To Being a Money Launderer By Donating Her Speaking Fees to Her Clinton

    07/05/2014 12:13:28 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 48 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | July 5 2014 | Samuel Gonzalez
    FULL TITLE: Hillary Clinton Admits To Being a Money Launderer By Donating Her Speaking Fees to Her Clinton Foundation When I first read this ABC headline, Hillary Clinton Says She’s Donated All University Speaking Fees, I assumed the money was donated to an entity like the Red Cross or Catholic Charities, or other organization. But, after reading the article it turns out that Hillary is putting the money back into her own foundation. ABC News reports Hillary Clinton continued to justify her high-dollar speaking fees on Friday, telling ABC News’ Ann Compton that all of the money she’s made from...
  • Clintons are in damage control mode

    06/25/2014 4:39:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 25, 2014 | Amie Parnes and Justin Sink -
    DENVER — Team Clinton is doing damage control on a series of comments by Hillary Clinton about the former first couple’s wealth. Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday defended his wife as “not out of touch,” and lashed out at the criticism during an appearance at the Clinton Global Initiative America conference. With Hillary and Chelsea Clinton looking on from the audience of a hotel ballroom, he explained that Hillary Clinton’s comment two weeks ago that the couple was “dead broke” when they left the White House was “factually true.” He also criticized reporters for not including context in stories...
  • SHOCKING: Company That Created Obamacare Website LINKED To Benghazi Video

    06/17/2014 2:59:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 6/17/2014 | Walid Shoebat, Ben Barrack and Keith Davies
    In a SHOCKING discovery, CGI Federal – the Canadian Company that built the Obamacare website – appears to have a connection to the “Innocence of Muslims” video the Obama administration blamed for the Benghazi attacks.And here’s how it was done:The evidence is well established that in 2010, CGI acquired Stanley Associates, which “provides services to the U.S. federal civilian, defense and intelligence agencies”. [1]When the crudely produced video “Innocence of Muslims” was posted to a YouTube it needed a boost, especially since it was posted by someone no one had ever heard of and who had only uploaded two videos...
  • Who got $$ from Brunei's Islamic law government? The Clinton Foundation

    05/17/2014 6:38:09 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Who got $$ from Brunei's Islamic law government? The Clinton Foundation By Joshua Rhett Miller Published May 17, 2014 FoxNews.com As Hollywood hotshots protest the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel over its ownership by Brunei's sultan -- and his recent full-fledged embrace of Islamic law -- it turns out the Brunei government has financial connections to another American institution: The Clinton Foundation. The nonprofit foundation lists Brunei alongside Kuwait, Oman and Qatar as donors that gave between $1 million and $5 million through last year. The foundation confirmed the donation from Brunei was made in 2002, in connection with the construction...
  • Healthcare.gov: How Washington's IT project Leviathan failed us

    05/05/2014 11:18:41 AM PDT · by hasb3an · 7 replies
    BetaNews ^ | 5-5-2014 | Derrick Wlodarz
    Government IT projects have a tendency to fall on their rear ends more often than not. After the miserable debacle that was Healthcare.gov last October, I made the case for why the larger than life public face of Obamacare had zero chance of succeeding in original form. Fast forward six months, and after some contractor firings and a public about face consisting of a "tech surge", the website is finally working at nominal levels. That's not to say no one didn't take the fall for the mess of this bungled IT project gone haywire. The former head honcho of the...
  • Odd Connections: CGI, Stanley Inc, Analysis Corp, John Brennan

    10/23/2013 5:50:03 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies
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    He is an odd list of connections: CGI, the designer of the Obamacare website and computer system, is the parent company of Stanley, Inc., whose employees (2) along with an employee of Analyst Corp, were investigated for the State Department passport breaches involving said passports of Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Barrack Obama. The Analyst Corp employee, one Leiutenant (his name, not rank) Quarles Harris, was reprimanded but not fired. Analyst Corp is a small company of approximately 100 employees at that time. It's CEO was at that time John Brennan, now Director of the CIA. As an side note,...
  • Massachusetts dumping health insurance website contractor

    03/18/2014 12:04:48 PM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Massachusetts is dumping the contractor that created the state’s dysfunctional online health insurance marketplace and may hire a new company to fix the Health Connector website, a top state official said Monday. “We have made the decision we’re going to be parting ways with CGI,” said Sarah Iselin, who was hired recently by Governor Deval Patrick to oversee repairs to the website, which hasn’t worked properly since it was launched last October. The state has scrambled since then to sign up thousands of residents for health insurance that meets the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act., resorting to using...
  • Is the new Healthcare.gov contractor worse than the first?

    02/10/2014 8:59:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Has HHS gone from the CGI Federal frying pan into the Accenture fire? A month ago, the HHS unit responsible for Healthcare.gov dumped its original prime contractor and awarded the project to Accenture in a no-bid assignment, a move that raised eyebrows especially considering how little time was left in the enrollment cycle to get the web portal problems resolved. Now, a new Washington Post report raises even more eyebrows about the decision, given Accenture’s troubled history with federal contracts: Accenture, the contractor urgently tapped to help fix the federal health-insurance Web site, is a favorite of corporate America but...
  • ObamaCare's Potemkin Village Website Written In Belarus?

    02/05/2014 10:12:16 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Incestor's Business Daily ^ | February 5, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Debacle: U.S. intelligence agencies report that developers linked to the Belarus government helped create the Healthcare.gov website and may have inserted malicious code making it vulnerable to cyberattacks and hacking. The disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov was bad enough. But as if Americans need another reason to avoid Healthcare.gov, we now hear that the Obama administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has indirectly contracted with developers in the worker's paradise of Belarus, a former Soviet republic still closely tied to Russia, to write some of the software code used for the website. The Washington Free Beacon's Bill Gertz...
  • The definition of crazy: Healthcare.gov developer, CGI gets more gov't. work after Obamacare flop

    02/05/2014 8:02:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/05/2014 | Rick Moran
    What is it about the primary cultprit behind the failure of healthcare.gov that allows them to continue to win federal contracts despite the most spectacularly incompetent website design and implementation in history? The Daily Caller is reporting that CGI, the general contractor used by CMS to build the Obamacare website, has received six additional contracts from CMS after the failures were discovered. The company that built the failed Obamacare website received six additional contracts from the Obama administration's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after the website's disastrous launch, The Daily Caller has learned.According to a company spokesman, CGI...
  • Administration Fears Part Of Health Care System So Flawed It Could Bankrupt Insurance Companies

    01/23/2014 5:49:47 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/22/14 | Jim Angle
    While the administration publicly expresses full confidence in its health care law, privately it fears one part of the system is so flawed it could bankrupt insurance companies and cripple ObamaCare itself. "Week after week, month after month," says John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis, "the Obama administration kept telling us everything's working fine, there's no problem and then they turn on a dime and fire their contractor." To justify a no-bid contract with Accenture after firing CGI as the lead contractor, the administration released documents from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Center...
  • NC pulls plug on $90 million (CGI Group) tax computer system

    01/16/2014 3:33:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 1/15/14 | J. Andrew Curliss
    State officials have agreed to pull the plug after spending $85 million on a tax computer system project that was supposed to handle the processing of tax forms and other tax information for years ahead. A contract between the state and the CGI Group was canceled Friday. The state and CGI “mutually agreed” to a final $5 million payment for unbilled work not yet paid and that will close out the contract, according to Trevor Johnson, a Revenue Department spokesman. CGI had previously received $63.8 million for its work on the tax software project, which had been handling some aspects...
  • Obamacare Outsourced

    01/13/2014 8:09:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Economic Populist blog ^ | January 12, 2014 | Robert Oak
    The Obama administration has offshore outsourced Obamacare. They made Accenture the lead contractor for the website healthcare.gov. The contract is estimated to be worth $90 million and the original contractor, CGI Federal, is out. We pointed out earlier that the failed Obamacare website was poetic justice as CGI Federal is also an offshore outsourcer of U.S. jobs. But now the poster boy for labor arbitrage, offshore tax havens, and bloated, often failed government contracts is in charge, Accenture. Accenture is one of the biggest offshore outsourcers of American jobs. In 2012 they used 4,037 H-1B Visas alone and are ranked...
  • CNN exclusive: Feds investigating Christie's use of Sandy relief funds

    01/13/2014 4:18:44 AM PST · by John W · 45 replies
    cnn.com ^ | January 13, 2014 | Chris Frates
    Washington (CNN) -- Just days after dismissing two top advisers for their roles in the George Washington Bridge scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing questions over the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds. CNN has learned that federal officials are investigating whether Christie improperly used those relief funds to produce tourism ads that starred him and his family. The news couldn't come at a worse time for the scandal-plagued Republican, who is facing two probes into whether his staff tied up traffic near the country's busiest bridge to punish a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse his successful...
  • Obama White House Dumps IT Contractor Responsible for Health Care Website (Replacement Has Problems)

    01/10/2014 11:00:36 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 10, 2014 | Becket Adams
    The Obama administration is reportedly dumping the IT contractor responsible for building the glitch-riddled healthcare.gov website. Officials familiar with the situation say CGI Federal’s inability to resolve the many problems that plague the online federal health care exchanges prompted federal officials to look elsewhere for IT help. Obama administration officials are preparing to sign a 12-month contract valued at $90 million with a different contractor, Accenture, after CGI Federal’s contract expires in February, the Washington Post reported, citing “a person familiar with the matter.”
  • Obama administration to end contract with CGI Federal, company behind HealthCare.gov

    01/10/2014 12:32:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/10/2014 | By Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein
    The Obama administration has decided to jettison CGI Federal, the main IT contractor that was responsible for building the defect-ridden online health insurance marketplace and has been immersed in the work of repairing it. Federal health officials are preparing to sign a 12-month contract worth roughly $90 million, probably early next week, with a different company, Accenture, after concluding that CGI has not been effective enough in fixing the intricate computer system underpinning the federal Web site, HealthCare.gov. Accenture, which is one of the world’s largest consulting firms, has extensive experience with computer systems on the state level, and it...
  • The Broken System Behind Healthcare.gov

    11/19/2013 12:05:53 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | November 19, 2013 | Matthew Yglesias
    The ongoing struggles of healthcare.gov are creating an understandable sense of anxiety and unease among Democrats in Washington. The site is a key element of the party’s central recent policy initiative. Abject failure will be devastating to the reputation of Democrats nationwide, including huge swaths of people who had no crucial role in the design of the Affordable Care Act and certainly nothing to do with the information technology architecture of the federal insurance exchange. One place where people aren’t panicking is in the actual belly of the beast—the offices of CGI Federal, the U.S. division of the global IT...
  • FUSTERCLICK (c)

    11/16/2013 7:11:55 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 114 replies
    Original Content | Nov 16, 2013 | by Laz A. Mataz
    Per the Obamacare Web Disaster: Many of you know I develop websites just like this for a living. It's what I do.I am here to tell you, given three years that they were given, if I had the following team: One artistic Design person, One skilled DBA, one skilled Security guy, one Web/Data integration specialist, three skilled developers (2 on .NET and one on jQuery), one Business Analyst who knew the legislation, and one Policies and Procedures person (for the ATO and C&A certifications and documentation) and me as Architect, I could have had this thing deployable and humming along...
  • CMS taps CGI to create federal health insurance exchange (December 01, 2011)

    11/01/2013 10:58:24 AM PDT · by Eagle of Liberty · 6 replies
    Government Health IT ^ | December 01, 2011 | Bernie Monegain
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) contracted with CGI Federal Inc. to build the government’s health insurance exchange, Federal Exchange (FX). The deal has an estimated total value of $93.7 million over a two-year base with three, one-year option periods. The $55.7 million base contract has been awarded. [Commentary: Fire, aim, ready! Will states make the right invesemtnt in HIX IT?] Under the contract, CGI will work with CCIIO to develop and implement the Federal Exchange in line with the provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires the creation...
  • Did Jarrett And Michelle Pick Incompetent Website Firm?

    10/28/2013 6:15:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    <p>Health Fail: Healthcare.gov's implosion may be due to one of its major developers being selected less for its technical competence than for cronyism. Perhaps the White House was hoping for a friends and family discount.</p> <p>Why pick a Canadian firm with a French name to help develop the official ObamaCare website? It certainly wasn't based on the track record in developing health care software of CGI Federal, the IT contractor that orchestrated most of the Healthcare.gov website.</p>
  • Meet Valerie Jarrett daughter Laura’s computer scandal tinged father-in-law

    10/28/2013 11:49:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10-28-13 | Judi McLeod
    For the record: Valerie’ Jarrett’s daughter Laura’s father-in-law Canadian Liberal politician Bas Balkissoon is not (thank God!) Canada’s Prime Minister. Nor, as some news outlets are indicating, is he a MP. (Member of Parliament). Balkissoon—one of many Canadian Liberals with deep ties to the Obama administration—is a minor player MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament ) at Ontario’s Queen’s Park, irreverently known to the plebes as the ‘Pink Palace’. Before landing at the Pink Palace as a ready-made Liberal MPP, Balkissoon was a City of Toronto councillor involved in a computer leasing scandal. Wow, what a coincidence! Just as key Barack...
  • A year after Superstorm Sandy, federal aid trickles in

    10/26/2013 11:00:53 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Oct 25, 2013 | Hilary Russ
    A year after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc across the eastern United States, only a fraction of the aid money earmarked for recovery has been used, in what some claim is a painfully slow and opaque process. Only $5.2 billion of the pledged $47.9 billion had been tapped by cities and states by the end of August, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. And tracking those funds has been complicated, lawmakers said. "Transparency is woefully lacking. We don't know where the money is. We know people have been approved for grants, but the money has not been...
  • Company behind Obamacare website in charge of nearly $2 billion in Sandy relief

    10/26/2013 10:47:17 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-26-2013 | Allison Coyle
    CGI Federal Inc., the mastermind behind healthcare.gov, is assisting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the distribution of $1.7 billion in relief for Hurricane Sandy. In a memo obtained by FreedomWorks titled, “Minutes of the 295th meeting of the members of the Housing Trust Fund Corporation held on May 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.,” CGI Federal is tasked with implementing the Disaster Housing Assistance Program. Additionally, they are asked to aid in the implementation of the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program, an assistance program that had recently obtained $1.7 billion.
  • Did Mooch Screw the Pooch? College Classmate’s Company Built Healthcare.gov

    10/26/2013 9:07:28 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 46 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/26/2013 | Dean D. Garrison
    In mid-October The Washington Examiner reported that Federal Officials only considered one firm to build the epic fail now known as healthcare.gov. When that story broke you had to suspect that someone probably had a kickback coming. Richard Pollock reported on October 13th: Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut. Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI...
  • CGI (Canadian) division Stanley,Inc: The passport breach of McCain,Obama and Clinton in 2008

    10/22/2013 7:17:58 PM PDT · by John S Mosby · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/22/2008 | Helene Cooper
    ".....In two of those cases, State Department officials said, the contract employees, who worked for Stanley Inc., a company based in Arlington, Va., that does computer work for the government, were fired. In one case, the employee was reprimanded and continues to be employed by the Analysis Corporation of McLean, Va. Mr. McCormack said Mr. McCain’s passport file was breached by the same employee who was reprimanded for breaching Mr. Obama’s file. "
  • Obamacare Tech Firm Tried, Failed to Build Gun Registry in Canada

    10/22/2013 8:26:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 90 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 22 Oct 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    CGI, the Canadian company whose U.S. subsidiary built the failed Obamacare website, was once contracted to build a federal gun registry for the Canadian government... CGI's contract was canceled in 2007 after a report by the Auditor General found that the Canadian Firearms Information System (CFIS) being built by CGI was "significantly over budget" and that it had been plagued by delays. The Conservative government that took power in 2006 canceled CGI's gun registry contract, and eventually repealed the Canadian gun registry entirely. ... The failed gun registry was only one of CGI's many Canadian failures, which included canceled contracts...
  • It Feels Good To Be An Obama Crony: Website Butcher CGI Gets Nearly $100 MILLION For $22K Donation

    10/20/2013 9:54:18 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 10 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/20/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said that President Obama is “frustrated” by snags in the Obamacare rollout. But how about American citizens who either are having trouble enrolling in Obamacare or are suffering from the shock of rising healthcare insurance premiums AND the size of their deductibles? The anecdotal stories of “sticker shock” are legion (for example, here is a story from New Jersey). And physicians in New York are howling as well. Of course, there are many winners in the Obamacare rollout. Some households will receive added benefits and healthcare benefits that they previously didn’t have. But the biggest winners...
  • The Insiders: Obamacare is a blemish on American technology

    10/13/2013 10:36:39 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 11, 2013 | Ed Rogers
    What the president heralds as his signature accomplishment is not only creating great domestic upheaval as a political and policy failure, it is also an immense American technological failure on display for the world to see. The American brand has been dealt some sharp blows under this administration. We are suffering from a weak economy, reeling from the recent embarrassing debacle over Syria’s chemical weapons, and we still haven’t brought anyone to justice over what happened in Benghazi. The world watched as our enemies protected junior nobody Edward Snowden when he handed over our secrets, and now the world is...
  • Obamacare Site Source Code Includes ‘No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy’ Warning

    10/14/2013 12:55:42 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    The Corner ^ | October 14, 2013 | Andrew Johnson
    The Obamacare online exchanges have been met with several concerns since they launched at the beginning of the month, but a recent discovery may raise further fears about privacy under the health-care law. The Weekly Standard’s Jeryl Bier reports that during the process of creating an account, the website asks users if they accept the “Terms & Conditions,” which prohibit unauthorized attempts to upload information or change the site. But the website’s source code, which is not visible to users on the standard “Terms & Conditions” page, includes a warning that users should have “no reasonable expectation of privacy”:
  • No online enrollment tools yet for Spanish health insurance marketplace

    10/14/2013 12:57:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    MEDCity News ^ | October 14, 2013 | by Jesse Mendoza
    The Spanish language website for the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, won't be available for online enrollment until the week of Oct. 21, officials said. Spanish speaking members of the community have been directed to the website Cuidadodesalud.gov as the Spanish language alternative to HealthCare.gov to enroll for insurance coverage. However, the website is not yet equipped with online enrollment tools, officials said. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said the enrollment tools will launch when they celebrate a national Hispanic Week of Action during the week of Oct. 21 in order to ensure that Latinos in the...
  • If you think the ObamaCare exchanges and premiums were bad …

    10/14/2013 12:58:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 14, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    … then Barack Obama’s hometown newspaper has news for you. The initial shock of the premium increases and the incompetent use of $94 million [see update] to create the world’s biggest 404 exchange are just the starting shocks of ObamaCare. Wait until people have to actually start using their new insurance, and perhaps the biggest surprise of all will be waiting: Adam Weldzius, a nurse practitioner, considers himself better informed than most when it comes to the inner workings of health insurance. But even he wasn’t prepared for the pocketbook hit he’ll face next year under President Barack Obama’s health...
  • 'So much wrong': Aetna CEO blasts Obamacare tech debacle

    10/15/2013 5:26:50 AM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 14, 2013 | Dan Mangan
    Aetna's CEO gave a harshly critical review Monday of the federal government's Obamacare marketplace, saying, "There's so much wrong, you just don't know what's broken until you get a lot more of it fixed." Asked on CNBC's "Squawk Box" if he knew that the rollout of Healthcare.gov would be problematic, the insurer's CEO, Mark Bertolini, said his giant company's role as an alpha tester for the system gave it a sense of how many problems the health insurance marketplace faced on the eve of its launch. "We were pretty nervous as we got further along," Bertolini said. "As they started...
  • Healthcare.gov: Code Developed by the People and for the People, Released Back to the People

    10/01/2013 1:04:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 28,2013 | Alex Howard
    As the first website to be demonstrated by a sitting President of the United States, Healthcare.gov already occupies an unusual place in history. In October, it will take on an even more important historic role, guiding millions of Americans through the process of choosing health insurance. How a website is built or designed may seem mundane to many people, but when the site in question is focused upon such an important function, what it looks like and how it works matter. Last week, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) relaunched Healthcare.gov with a new appearance and...
  • Feds reviewed only one bid for Obamacare website design (Obama Campaign Contributor?)

    10/14/2013 5:32:27 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 13, 2013 | RICHARD POLLOCK
    Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut. Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI Federal, the U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian company with an uneven record of IT pricing and contract performance.CMS officials are tight-lipped about why CGI was chosen or how it happened. They also refuse to say if other firms competed with CGI, or if there...
  • HAWAII HAS ZERO OBAMACARE SIGNUPS

    10/10/2013 2:02:00 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/10/13 | Wynton hall
    Not a single resident of President Barack Obama's home state of Hawaii has signed up for Obamacare, reports CBS's D.C. affiliate. Hawaii officials say Obamacare's nationwide website failures have prevented the state's citizens from accessing even basic premium and healthcare plan information. Coral Andrews, executive director of the state's Obamacare "Health Connector" exchange, said she does not know when Hawaii will be able to relaunch its busted Obamacare exchange.
  • Canadian officials fired IT firm behind troubled Obamacare website

    10/10/2013 12:33:27 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-10-2013 | RICHARD POLLOCK
    Canadian provincial health officials last year fired the parent company of CGI Federal, the prime contractor for the problem-plagued Obamacare health exchange websites, the Washington Examiner has learned. CGI Federal’s parent company, Montreal-based CGI Group, was officially terminated in September 2012 by an Ontario government health agency after the firm missed three years of deadlines and failed to deliver the province’s flagship online medical registry. The online registry was supposed to be up and running by June 2011. Officials at the U.S. government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded six technology contracts worth $87 million to CGI Federal for...
  • Rebel Without a Caste

    09/28/2013 6:06:33 AM PDT · by keats5 · 7 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | September 27, 2013 | Matthew Continetti
    How fitting that Senator Ted Cruz’s 21-hour anti-Obamacare speech on the Senate floor in Washington, D.C., happened to coincide with the opening of the U.N. General Assembly and the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. Rarely is the distance separating the caste that rules our world from its few, heavily despised critics so literal.
  • Obama to Clinton: ‘Free Contraceptive Care … May Make Up What She’s Spending on Premiums’

    09/25/2013 1:43:31 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Obama to Clinton: ‘Free Contraceptive Care … May Make Up What She’s Spending on Premiums’ September 25, 2013 - 3:36 PM By Terence P. Jeffrey (CNSNews.com) - Speaking with former President Bill Clinton yesterday, President Barack Obama said that under Obamacare young women may get back more in “free contraceptive care” each month than they pay out in premiums. This was based on Obama's assumptions that a young woman would in fact be using some contraceptives on a regular monthly basis and that her health-insurance premiums would cost less than her monthly cell phone bill. However, according to the Kaiser...
  • Vanity: Anime fans rejoice....CAPTAIN HARLOCK on the big screen!!!

    05/10/2013 8:13:14 PM PDT · by Kolath · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | 05/10/2013 | Kolath
    It took awhile but they did it. The CGI is awesome and I do believe there is an English dub in the works. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-05-10/cg-captain-harlock-remake-has-international-dub-plans A quote from filmmaker James Cameron promoting the film was included on the site's front page. Cameron's involvement in the international version is not confirmed. The film will star actors Shun Oguri and Haruma Miura in the Japanese version, and will open in Japan on September 7.
  • 'They're Starting To Seriously Worry': Concern Growing About Low Turnout At Obama Inauguration

    01/06/2013 3:35:37 PM PST · by drewh · 120 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 12:34 EST, 6 January 2013 | By Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press
    Hotel rooms remain unbooked ahead of January 21 inauguration ceremony Organizers expecting much lower turnout than 2009 ceremony, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the National Mall Crowds may have flocked to the National Mall to see President Obama make history in 2009, but the team behind the president's 2013 inauguration bash later this month are bracing themselves for a ton of empty seats. The ceremony that Washington will stage in a few weeks won't be the historic affair it was in 2009, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the Capitol to watch Obama take the oath of...
  • Finally, the Clinton Legacy (via Saudi Arabia w/VID)

    11/26/2012 1:26:31 PM PST · by bayouranger · 3 replies
    dianawest.net ^ | 14NOV12 | Diana West
    Saudi Arabia’s [Prince] Turki al Faisal addressing Bill Clinton at Clinton Global Initiative shindig, September 25, 2012: “Muslims will never forget your deliverance of Bosnia-Herzogovenia and Kosovo, and near-deliverance, within 100 meters, of Palestine from occupation.” There by a smiling Chelsea’s side, in a room full of people who warmly approve of the term Israeli “occupation”: her sellout Jewish husband.
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    11/25/2010 6:05:24 PM PST · by FTJM · 7 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 11/24/10 | Catherine de Lange
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  • Kenya PM dropped from Obama luncheon

    09/19/2009 8:43:01 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 85 replies · 4,216+ views
    www.nation.co.ke ^ | 09/19/09 | NATION Team
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    08/26/2009 8:16:58 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 35 replies · 1,951+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 26, 2009 | BrianinMO
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