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  • Survey: Obama gets thumbs down from the troops

    12/22/2014 2:15:29 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | December 22, 2014 | By Jeremy Diamond
    President Barack Obama has struggled with sagging approval ratings over the last year, but the commander-in-chief's numbers may have dropped further among active-duty troops. Just 15% of active-duty servicemembers gave Obama a thumbs up in the annual Military Times survey and more than half -- 55% -- say they disapprove of Obama's job as commander-in-chief. Troop morale has slumped during the Obama administration, falling to 56% this year from 91% who were satisfied with their quality of life in 2009.
  • A Lull Before the ObamaCare Rate Storm

    12/15/2014 3:27:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 15, 2014 | By STEPHEN T. PARENTE
    Americans visiting Healthcare.gov to purchase 2015 health-insurance plans are finding a nice surprise: Average premiums for the cheap “bronze” plans have increased only by 3.4% and premiums for the middle-of-the-road “silver” plans are rising by 5.8%, according to the American Action Forum. Where are the double-digit premium increases that so many predicted? Check back around this time in 2016. That’s when you’ll see the real spikes. The Affordable Care Act includes two temporary programs that make compliant health-care plans temporarily appear far cheaper than they are: Risk corridors and reinsurance. Both programs will expire on Jan. 1, 2017. By November...
  • Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives

    12/15/2014 11:41:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | December 15, 2014 | By Jay Hancock
    For two decades Atlanta restaurant owner Jim Dunn offered a group health plan to his managers and helped pay for it. That ended Dec. 1, after the Affordable Care Act made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Health-law subsidies for workers to buy their own coverage combined with years of rising costs in the company plan made dropping the plan an obvious – though not easy – choice. Companies like Dunn’s — those with fewer than 50 workers — provide medical coverage to roughly 20 million people. Unlike larger employers, they have no obligation under the health law to offer...
  • Father sought in death of Brooklyn Park baby boy

    12/11/2014 5:47:28 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 12-12-14 | BRANDON STAHL and KAREN ZAMORA
    A fugitive suspected of killing his 1-year-old child was reported at least three times to Hennepin County child protection for abusing the boy and his sibling, public records show. Brooklyn Park police were called Tuesday night to the 2100 block of 74th Court N. on a report of the child not breathing, authorities said Wednesday. First responders and paramedics administered CPR at the residence, then rushed the boy to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he died. Witnesses told police the child’s death was due to an assault. The boy’s father, Reggie Delanie Harper, 23, fled the residence before...
  • After six years of Obama's damage, Democrats are at war with Democrats

    12/06/2014 9:31:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 5, 2014 | By Charles Krauthammer
    Old habits die hard. The media are so enamored of the continuing (and largely contrived) story about the great Republican civil war that they fail to appreciate that the real internecine fight is being waged on the other side of the aisle. I grant that there's a lot of shouting today among Republicans. But it's a ritual skirmish over whether a government shutdown would force the president to withdraw a signature measure — last time, Obamacare; this time, executive amnesty. From opposite sides of the (Democratic) spectrum, Schumer and Warren are trying to remake and reorient the Democratic Party post-Obama....
  • Can the GOP Find Unity and Purpose?

    12/04/2014 4:07:34 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 4, 2014 | By PEGGY NOONAN
    The Democrats are divided. The Republicans need to resist Obama’s provocations. Take no bait. Act independently and in accord with national priorities. Cause no pointless trouble. If there’s trouble, it should have a clear, understandable, defendable purpose. That is general advice for the new Republican congressional majority. They will be proving every day they’re a serious governing alternative to the Democratic-dominated establishment that has run Washington for six years. The Republicans are being told they are a deeply divided party. True enough. But another way to look at it may prove more pertinent: “My father’s house has many mansions.” The...
  • Obama to business leaders: Raise wages

    12/03/2014 2:30:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | December 3, 2014 | By Zachary Roth
    In remarks that underscored an emerging concern about the direction of the economy, President Obama told business leaders Wednesday that, despite record corporate profits, stagnant wage growth is creating anxiety among workers. Obama [said] that the shrinking of wages and income as a share of overall GDP had caused an “undertow” of pessimism, despite the improving economy, and said giving workers a raise would benefit corporations, too. “When wages are good, and consumers feel like they’ve got money in their pockets, that ends up being good for business not bad for business,” he said. Obama appeared relaxed and at ease,...
  • What Top Republicans Plan to Do With Their New Majority In Congress

    12/02/2014 4:45:56 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 2, 2014 | By NOAH WEILAND
    The top brass of the Republican Party spent the last 48 hours plotting ways to twist President Obama’s arm while outlining the new majority agenda they intend to concentrate on come January, when the 114th Congress takes its place. A two-day, invitation-only conference hosted by the Wall Street Journal featured a pairing of top executives and political leaders. Here are three ways Republicans plan to use their new majority in Congress: 1) Get President Obama to Listen. 2) Show the country that the GOP can govern. 3) Think broad and specific when proposing an agenda.
  • Savings Blacks from Liberal Leaders

    11/30/2014 6:06:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    I get why Blacks turned out in force to elect Barack Obama president. He was their guy – the first Black man (half Black to be accurate) to have a shot at the position of most powerful person in the world. Someone who could really speak for them and understood their lives. Bill Clinton may have been called the “First Black President,” but he was not really a “brother.” I can see Blacks turning out for Obama the second time because their guy losing reelection would have been a horrible ending. Unfortunately, Obama has not helped the Blacks just like...
  • BREAKING: West About to Cave on Key Iranian Demand

    11/22/2014 10:18:17 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 9 replies
    Jewish Press Online ^ | 23 November 2014 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    The deadline for the talks between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 is now less than two days away. As the time nears for either the ability to announce an “historic agreement” about nuclear weapons with Iran or failure on yet another front, there are reports of an alarming shift in the wind blowing out of the west: a growing inclination to allow Iran to avoid admitting “possible military dimensions” (PMD) of its nuclear program in order to have a historic agreement.
  • Oops! Administration Erred on Health Law Sign-Ups

    11/20/2014 1:26:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 20, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    The Obama administration acknowledged Thursday it has been over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law, a discrepancy that congressional Republicans seeking to repeal the program say they uncovered. Administration spokesman Aaron Albright said that the overcount involved about 400,000 people. Those consumers have separate dental coverage in addition to a medical plan, and were double-counted by mistake, said Albright. They had purchased both the medical and dental plans through HealthCare.gov and state insurance markets created under the law. That means the correct number of people enrolled for medical coverage as of Oct. 15 is about...
  • Health insurance costs have nowhere to go but up

    11/20/2014 10:22:46 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 20, 2014 | By RAY MARTIN
    Folks are used to the fact that health insurance costs always seem to go up. They've done so for the last 14 years, with the highest annual increase of about 14 percent and the lowest at about 3 percent. But the increases for 2015 are staggering, ranging from 20 percent to over 60 percent. And consumers need to plan for more rate hikes over the next several years, especially those who have coverage through their employer. One of the biggest causes behind these increases is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), so called because it was supposed to provide more affordable...
  • Iran not to allow "special" nuclear inspections: atomic chief

    11/20/2014 6:12:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Xinhua News (China) ^ | November 20, 2014 | by Xuxin
    TEHRAN -- The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has said Tehran will not allow any "special" inspections into the country's nuclear facilities, state IRIB TV reported on Thursday. "We will not accept any special inspections" by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that are exclusively planned for Iran's nuclear facilities, Ali-Akbar Salehi said. There is no room for "special regulations" to be set for Iran, which is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and observes all nuclear regulations, Salehi said.
  • 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 — you can't eat hope and the rhetoric was mostly empty — 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 — must — at least be contemplating the possibility that he has failed. Six years after he assumed...
  • Students Aren't Eating Healthy School Lunches, Despite Availability

    11/18/2014 11:38:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | November 18, 2014 | By Samantha Olson
    Getting fresh fruits and vegetables onto lunch trays in public schools was only half the battle, because it turns out most kids still aren’t eating them. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, studied students’ eating habits and found nearly six out of 10 won’t even touch a healthy food option on their plate. "We have been thinking that if young children choose healthy food, they will eat it," said the study’s co-author Dr. Susan M. Gross, a research associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in a press release. "But our research shows that...
  • Bernie Sanders: Republicans Are Getting Very Nervous About Obamacare’s Success

    11/18/2014 8:28:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | November 17, 2014 | By: Jason Easley
    Sen. Sanders was asked about the new ACA sign up numbers on MSNBC’s The Ed Show. Sen. Sanders (I-VT) said, “It tells us that you have a program that is working well. That they have overcome the problems that they initially had. It tells me that about seventy-five percent of the people on the exchanges think that the healthcare they are getting is good, and I think this is making our Republican colleagues very nervous.” Sanders summed up the entire Republican philosophy, “What these guys want to do is to tell the American people,’Hey you think government can do something...
  • 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 “the man” behind Obamacare, according to a former adviser to President Barack Obama. “The problem is not that Gruber helped them put Obamacare together, because he was the man,” Steve Rattner, who worked as Obama’s lead adviser in 2009 for the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The problem is what he said in the last two weeks and how the White House has handled it,” Rattner added. Rattner said his influence was enormous. “Jonathan Gruber was, back in the day in 2009, the guru on health care,” said Rattner,...
  • Obama in Winter

    11/18/2014 5:59:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | by David Brooks
    They say failure can be a good teacher, but, so far, the Obama administration is opting out of the course. The post-midterm period has been one of the most bizarre of the Obama presidency. I’m not sure why the Obama administration has been behaving so strangely since the midterms. Maybe various people in the White House are angry in defeat and want to show that they can be as obstructionist as anyone. Maybe, in moments of stress, they are only really sensitive to criticism from the left flank. Maybe it’s Gruberism: the belief that everybody else is slightly dumber and...
  • Reporter’s Gruber question prompts Obamacare flack’s eyeroll

    11/17/2014 1:50:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 17, 2014 | By: Chris Cassidy
    A Massachusetts Health Connector spokeswoman rolled her eyes when asked if the Patrick administration stands by embattled board member Jonathan Gruber, insisting state officials aren’t paying attention to the national firestorm. “Some of your colleagues saw me roll my eyes,” spokeswoman Kim Haberlin told a Herald reporter who asked about Gruber during a press event. Haberlin said there are no plans for Gruber to leave the board. “No, not at this time,” she said. “We’re focused on the next person getting into coverage.” Obamacare czar Maydad Cohen, Health Connector Executive Director Jean Yang and Secretary of Health and Human Services...
  • First-day glitch shuts state’s health-insurance exchange

    11/16/2014 6:14:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | November 16, 2014 | By Lisa Stiffler and Patrick Marshall
    Internal checks determined the state Healthplanfinder website was miscalculating the amount of tax credits applicants were eligible for. So exchange officials decided to shut the site down for repairs. They hope to have it back up on Sunday. “It’s our plan to be up as soon as possible,” said Michael Marchand, communications director of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates Healthplanfinder. By early evening Saturday, the exchange issued a release saying it is expected to be back online by 8 a.m. Sunday. The tax-credit calculations are critical to the site’s utility. Based on an applicant’s income level, the credits...
  • Cost of Coverage Under Affordable Care Act to Increase in 2015

    11/15/2014 10:08:53 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | By ROBERT PEAR, REED ABELSON and AGUSTIN ARMENDARIZ
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday unveiled data showing that many Americans with health insurance bought under the Affordable Care Act could face substantial price increases next year — in some cases as much as 20 percent — unless they switch plans. The data became available just hours before the health insurance marketplace was to open to buyers seeking insurance for 2015. An analysis of the data by The New York Times suggests that although consumers will often be able to find new health plans with prices comparable to those they now pay, the situation varies greatly from state...
  • Obamacare’s Three Per Cent [Gruber 2013 Flashback]

    11/14/2014 1:35:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    The New Yorker | October 30, 2013 | BY RYAN LIZZA
    LINK ONLY PER FR POSTING RULES. New Yorker article from October 2013 - during the Healthcare.gov meltdown - that says Obama had a private meeting with Jonathan Gruber in Boston. LINK HERE
  • Obamacare's VERY small business exchange enrollment

    11/14/2014 12:47:53 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 14, 2014 | by Dan Mangan
    Remember those "other" new Obamacare exchanges—the ones that small businesses were supposed to use to sign up workers for health insurance? A new Government Accountability Office report finds that a stunningly low number of workers have enrolled in insurance plans sold on small-business health exchanges run by federal and state governments. As of last summer, only about 76,000 people working for about 12,000 employers had enrolled in insurance plans sold by 18 state-run SHOP exchanges. One state-run SHOP—Mississippi's—had just one person enrolled, the GAO report said. Washington state had the second-lowest enrollment with 42 people. Two population-heavy states, California and...
  • Obama may be too sane for our crazy world

    11/12/2014 3:31:21 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 72 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 12, 2014 | by David Horsey
    ... Obama is the smart, well-behaved lad in the global high school that punks love to pick on. As president, he’s tried for six years to be a rational-minded conciliator. He wants his opponents, both foreign and domestic, to simmer down, dispense with threats and do the logical thing. Apparently -- from the bully who brazenly stole Crimea to the wild bunch who shut down the federal government -- everyone but him thinks that’s a lame idea. It’s doubtful anyone worries about Obama doing anything crazy. Contrary to what Nixon believed, sanity should be a good thing, right? Maybe, but...
  • In Socialist Venezuela, Barbie for the Masses

    11/11/2014 1:11:02 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 11, 2014 | By HANNAH DREIER
    Socialism has embraced Barbie, just in time for Christmas. Mothers, grandmothers and beaming little girls are grabbing armfuls of the dolls in toy stores across Caracas, taking advantage of the government's order that large chains sell the plastic figurines at fire-sale prices during the holiday shopping season. Within minutes, the entire stock was gone, with the dolls selling for as little as 250 bolivars — $2.50 at the widely used black market conversion rate. Venezuela's socialist government has long imposed price caps on essential products, from milk to laundry detergent, and threatened merchants who hoard goods or sell them at...
  • Democratic Candidates Spent At Least $700K To Fly In Clintons

    11/11/2014 8:00:37 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | 11/11/14 | Ruby Cramer
    The first estimate of the costs of bringing in the Clintons to campaign. The final total will likely top $1 million by the time more filings become available.... ....Supporters estimate that, together, the Clintons headlined 75 rallies and fundraisers — and logged roughly 50,000 miles jetting from state to state.....
  • Yes, the Republican Obamacare Strategy Will Kill People

    11/11/2014 6:12:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | November 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Chait
    There is a famous thought experiment called the trolley problem, and it goes like this: A runaway trolley is headed toward five people bound on the tracks. You are standing before the switch that could divert it onto another track, where it would kill only one person. Do you pull the switch? The trolley problem is the most flattering possible way to think about the conservative movement’s fanatical commitment to repealing Obamacare. If they pull the switch and repeal Obamacare, or if they persuade five Republican Supreme Court justices to cripple it, they will spare America from the evils of...
  • Stung at Home, Obama Embarks on His Longest Foreign Trip

    11/09/2014 5:17:48 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 9, 2014 | BY GEORGE E. CONDON JR
    The president will spend 10 days in Asia, where leaders know all about his domestic political weakness. No one could blame President Obama if he wants to get as far away as he can from the bodies of defeated Democratic candidates strewn across the American landscape, far away from the gloating of Republicans and far away from the doubts he can be an effective leader over the next two years. So it is perhaps serendipitous that the president left Saturday for the longest foreign trip of his presidency, a 24,000-mile trek through three countries and two continents that will have...
  • OBAMA: I'M BIG, YOU'RE SMALL, I'M RIGHT, YOU'RE WRONG

    11/08/2014 6:36:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 77 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | November 8, 2014 | by DAVID BOSSIE
    Obama took to the podium on Wednesday after the midterm elections and made it clearer than ever that he lives in his own universe. Americans sent the message loud and clear that they reject his policies and the Democrat platform as it currently stands, yet Obama drove the message home that even with a Republican Congress in control, he would continue to push his extremely unpopular liberal agenda. The wellbeing of Americans has never been the top priority in Obama-land, and his arrogant-selfishness was the resounding sentiment throughout his misguided press conference. In Obama’s mind there may as well not...
  • The Jobs Report Is Even Better Than It Looks

    11/07/2014 1:20:17 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 7, 2014 | by Justin Wolfers
    The topline of this morning’s jobs report shows nonfarm payrolls expanding by 214,000 jobs in October. It’s the sort of number that suggests a narrative of a continuing, albeit disappointing, economic recovery. But dig a little deeper and you find a much sunnier story. When read carefully, today’s report provides more evidence that the labor market is improving quite rapidly, and that the recovery has gained momentum over the past year. The old saying is that the devil is in the details. Today’s report suggests just the opposite — dig into the details, and you’ll find a much sunnier story...
  • Obama’s harmful ‘gifts’ to the nation and the Democrats

    11/07/2014 11:21:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 7, 2014 | By Michael Gerson
    Barack Obama is a gifted politician. But a president is judged by the gifts he leaves behind. Following his fourth national election as party leader, Democrats are taking stock of what they have received. For Obama, there have been two convincing presidential victories; for the Democratic Party, electoral ruin at every other level. On Tuesday, the largest Democratic Senate losses since 1980. The ranks of moderate Democrats — including Mark Pryor, Mark Begich, Kay Hagan and (probably) Mary Landrieu — decimated. During Obama’s presidency, the loss of nearly 70 House seats, producing the largest Republican majority since 1931. The near-extinction...
  • Cuomo Says Obama’s Woes Hurt Democrats in New York Races

    11/07/2014 5:45:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 6, 2014 | By THOMAS KAPLAN
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday blamed frustration with President Obama for the poor performance of Democratic candidates in New York, saying his victory fell short of a landslide because of discontent unrelated to the state. “This was a real Republican wave that went across the country,” Mr. Cuomo said. He added that voters were motivated by “dissatisfaction with a Democratic administration in Washington, premised on economic anxiety.” “And I don’t think anything we were talking about had any relevance, frankly, that would change that one way or the other,” he said on.
  • Obama goes Yoda on Obamacare: ‘Repeal of the law, I won’t sign’

    11/06/2014 6:10:52 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 6, 2014 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    President Obama summoned his inner Yoda to say, post-Election Day party drubbing and in rather backward grammatical fashion, that no matter how many new Republican faces come to Capitol Hill, he’s not repealing Obamacare. “On health care, there are certainly some lines I’m going to draw,” he said Wednesday at a White House press conference to respond to the massive Republican wins on both sides of Congress, Newsmax reported. “Repeal of the law, I won’t sign.”
  • Obama’s claim that Obamacare has reduced health-care inflation ‘every single year’

    11/06/2014 6:02:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 6, 2014 | By Glenn Kessler
    “Health care inflation has gone down every single year since the law [the Affordable Care Act] passed, so that we now have the lowest increase in health care costs in 50 years–which is saving us about $180 billion in reduced overall costs to the federal government and in the Medicare program.” – President Obama, news conference, Nov. 5, 2014 When making a claim like this, the president needs to get his statistics right. Uttering this claim without any caveats is going too far, even when making allowances for the fact he is speaking extemporaneously. The president earns Three Pinocchios.
  • Midterm disaster rips apart awkward ties between Obama and Senate Democrats

    11/06/2014 5:30:41 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 6, 2014 | By Paul Kane
    Less than two months after their most joyous moment together, the relationship between the Obama White House and Senate Democrats went off track and has never recovered. Instead of basking in the victory glow of President Obama’s impressive 2012 reelection and an improbable two-seat gain for Democrats, they found themselves at the edge of the now infamous “fiscal cliff.” But Reid’s operation, along with his close ally, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, did not trust Obama’s negotiating skills. At that point, McConnell called Biden and famously asked: “Does anyone down there know how to make a deal?” Reid, Schumer and other...
  • Around the world, harsh words for ‘lame duck’ Obama

    11/05/2014 4:07:19 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 5, 2014 | By Adam Taylor
    Before voting was even finished, China's state-run Global Times newspaper was already pretty sure that President Obama would be the source of Democratic failure in the midterm elections. "Obama always utters 'Yes, we can,' which led to the high expectations people had for him. But he has done an insipid job, offering nearly nothing to his supporters," the paper said in an op-ed published Tuesday. "U.S. society has grown tired of his banality." Meanwhile, the Times of London called the results a "vote of no confidence" in the U.S. president, while Channel 4's Kylie Morris said it "feels like an...
  • Republican Gains Grow as New Election Results Come In

    11/05/2014 9:19:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 5, 2014 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    The full magnitude of the Republican Party’s success in reshaping the national political landscape at President Obama’s expense became clearer Wednesday morning as the party seemed headed toward an even longer list of electoral victories in Senate and governor races that had been too close to call before dawn. The results are an immediate blow to the administration’s hopes to further broaden the president’s health care law by expanding Medicaid in additional states. White House aides are bracing for calls from both parties for Mr. Obama to cancel or postpone plans to announce executive actions that would reshape the nation’s...
  • Obama Launches Late Radio Campaign

    11/04/2014 2:44:16 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 4, 2014 | by Julie Hirschfeld Davis
    President Obama was hunkered down at the White House today as election returns rolled in for what is forecast to be a punishing night for his party. But in Florida, North Carolina, Connecticut and Wisconsin, he made some stealthy last-minute virtual cameos, lending his voice to Democratic candidates in tough races. “This is it, Florida,” Mr. Obama says in a spot on WEDR, a Miami radio station with a predominantly African-American audience, recorded for Charlie Crist, the Democratic candidate for governor. “Don’t let anyone or anything keep you from voting.” In an ad in North Carolina, Mr. Obama asks voters...
  • Uh-oh: The ‘Obama effect’ is especially chilling in six pivotal states

    11/04/2014 11:49:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 4, 2014 | By Jennifer Harper
    Voter dissatisfaction with the White House will have a stronger effect in a half-dozen states when the midterm elections get rolling on Tuesday, this according to a massive Gallup tracking data analysis of some 15,000 people over four months. “In an election in which President Obama’s mediocre approval ratings have cast a shadow on Democrats’ efforts to maintain their slim Senate majority, his image has remained generally weak in six states featuring competitive races,” reports analyst Andrew Dugan. “This includes sub-40 percent approval ratings over the last several months in Iowa (38 percent), Kansas (33 percent) and Arkansas (29 percent)....
  • On eve of 2014 election, Obama’s image matches all-time low

    11/02/2014 5:30:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 2, 2014 | By Scott Clement
    Voters will not see "Barack Obama" on the ballot on Tuesday, and the president might count himself lucky. A record low 44 percent of Americans report a favorable impression of him in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Today's six-point unfavorable-favorable margin matches the worst since Obama rose to the national stage. Tuesday's electorate is likely to be even less fond of the president: 53 percent of likely voters see Obama unfavorably, while 43 percent give him favorable marks. The poll finds those with strongly held views of Obama are most likely to turn out to vote.
  • How Obama Lost America

    11/02/2014 4:42:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 1, 2014 | by Ross Douthat
    THE 2014 midterms have featured many variables and one constant. Whether they’re running as incumbents or challengers, campaigning in blue or red or purple states, Democratic candidates have all been dragging an anchor: a president from their party. So when and how was it lost? When President Bush’s second-term job approval numbers tanked, despite decent-at-the-time economic numbers, the explanation was easy: It was Iraq, Iraq, Iraq. But nothing quite so pat presents itself in Obama’s case, so here are four partial theories instead. He gets blamed for Republican intransigence. This is the explanation that many Obama partisans favor, because it...
  • Wistful but Having Fun, Obama Gives Last Push

    11/01/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 1, 2014 | By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    PORTLAND, Me. — The foldaway blue bleachers and scuffed wooden floor were packed with fleece-clad onlookers as President Obama prepared to take the stage, but the crowd was hushed and sedate, lulled by the smooth jazz piping over the sound system. “This is straight-up elevator music,” muttered a Democratic aide with a shake of his head, searching in vain for an iPod with a more fired-up soundtrack to greet the leader of the free world. “People are about to fall asleep.” Minutes later, the crowd was awake and roaring for the president, as a grinning Mr. Obama bounded up a...
  • Obama’s Cabinet doesn’t deliver midterm boost

    10/31/2014 3:06:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | October 31, 2014 | By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    At the end of September, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough called the whole Cabinet in. The midterms were looming. The lawyers said Cabinet secretaries aren’t allowed to campaign, but McDonough told them they needed to do a whole lot more to promote the administration’s “positive economic message.” Their efforts do not appear to have done any good. Obama’s numbers, if anything, have gone down, and the only question Democrats are going into Tuesday with is how many losses they’re going to suffer.
  • Record-High Costs Cause Reporters To Jump Ship On Obama's Upcoming Asia Trip

    10/31/2014 2:54:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | October 31, 2014 | By Ryan Grenoble
    Cash-strapped news outlets looking to cover President Obama's trip to Asia next month may find it difficult to do so. At a bare minimum, outlets will have to front $60,000 per person for a seat on the chartered plane that will tail Obama as he visits China, Myanmar and Australia on a 9-day trip next month. News organizations split the cost of the chartered flight evenly, so when only a few outlets sign up, the cost skyrockets. 51 journalists will be onboard when Obama departs on Nov. 9, which partially explains the eye-popping sum.
  • Green jobs fading

    10/31/2014 1:36:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | October 27, 2014 | Editorial
    While campaigning for election to his first term, President Barack Obama promised to create 5 million green jobs in 10 years. Once in office, he maneuvered Congress into passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, a $840-billion spending spree that included about $90 billion for energy and, of course, green jobs. Results have not been spectacular. In fact, they testify to core problems of governmental profligacy. The expenditure of public money on green jobs, politically defined, has not lived up to its marketing as an unemployment cure. It has, in fact, failed. The DOE web site now...
  • 7 times Democrats wished Barack Obama would go away

    10/30/2014 3:58:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | October 30, 2014 | By Ashley Killough
    With President Barack Obama's approval rating hovering in the low to mid-40s -- it was 45% in CNN/ORC International's recent poll --Democrats in tough contests are largely keeping their distance from the president's tarnished reputation. Here are seven Democratic candidates who've kept Obama on the sidelines: 1. Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky. 2. Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska. 3. Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado. 4. Sen. Kay Hagan, North Carolina. 5. Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana. 6. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire. 7. Mark Pryor, Arkansas.
  • Video: Michael Jordan calls Barack Obama a sh---- golfer

    10/30/2014 9:41:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | October 30, 2014 | By Kyle Porter, Golf Writer
    Michael Jordan was interviewed by Ahmad Rashad recently about who his dream foursome would entail (if he was included in the four) and President Obama isn't getting an invite. "I've never played with Obama but I would," said Jordan. "But no, that's okay, I'd take him out. He's a hack, it would be all day playing with him. "Don't worry about it," said Jordan. "I never said he wasn't a great politician, I'm just saying he's a sh---- golfer."
  • Top Jewish leader calls on Obama to ‘name, apologize for and repudiate’ official

    10/29/2014 2:36:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 29, 2014
    <p>Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has called on President Obama to "name, apologize for, and repudiate" the anonymous official quoted in an Atlantic Magazine article describing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit," The Algemeiner reports.</p>
  • Mounting Crises Raise Questions on Obama Team’s Ability to Cope

    10/29/2014 2:26:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 29, 2014 | By MARK LANDLER
    ... At a time when the Obama administration is lurching from crisis to crisis — a new Cold War in Europe, a brutal Islamic caliphate in the Middle East and a deadly epidemic in West Africa, to name just the most obvious ones — it is not surprising that long-term strategy would take a back seat. But it raises inevitable questions about the ability of the president and his hard-pressed national security team to manage and somehow get ahead of the daily onslaught of events. Early stumbles in the government’s handling of the Ebola crisis as well as its belated...
  • State’s former Obamacare czar has new job at firm fixing botched site

    10/29/2014 2:18:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 29, 2014 | by Chris Cassidy
    The Bay State’s former Obamacare czar is taking an executive job at the company that was awarded a no-bid state contract to fix the disastrous website, the Herald has learned. Sarah Iselin — hired by the Patrick Administration in February to rescue the malfunctioning website — will become an executive-in-residence at Optum, which currently holds a lucrative state contract to re-launch the Health Connector on Nov. 15. Iselin, who took a leave of absence from Blue Cross Blue Shield to oversee the Massachusetts Health Connector from February to May, told the Herald today she is leaving the insurer for a...