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  • Press Fails to Disclose 70 Percent California Bullet-Train Cost Overrun

    03/10/2018 7:24:22 AM PST · by rktman · 48 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 3/9/2018 | Tom Blumer
    Friday, California's High-Speed Rail Authority published its draft 2018 Business Plan. Its 800-mile bullet-train project's estimated cost is now $77.3 billion, up from $64 billion two years ago, and its final completion has been pushed out another four years to 2033. The current estimate is now more than 70 percent above the $45 billion presented to voters in 2008. The related Associated Press story failed to disclose that original cost estimate, as did three leading California newspapers. The Authority's draft discloses that "More than $3 billion has been expended to date on construction in the Central Valley and planning for...
  • New Performer Joins The Circus

    08/20/2017 9:52:29 AM PDT · by lyby · 2 replies
    Larry Lee Education Matters ^ | August 19, 2017 | Larry Lee
    So the passing of another week has a new performer showing up to participate in the year-long circus unfortunately known as the Alabama State Department of Education. The new act is headlined by Bryan Taylor, legal counsel to Governor Kay Ivey. He burst onto the stage with great fanfare late on August 17 clutching a letter decreeing that the music must stop and the clowns return to their makeup room. As things now stand, the state board of education has a called meeting set for Aug. 23. But lawyer Taylor, the same guy who recently took to social media to...
  • Two years after shootout, Twin Peaks resolutions remain elusive

    05/22/2017 8:32:40 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 41 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | May 16, 2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    In the two years since James “Patrick” Harris was arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco, he lost the lease on his apartment, was rejected for a job with a state health and human services agency and was kicked out of Mexico while on the way to work with sick children and Dr. Patch Adams. All because he rode to Waco with a few friends as members of the Grim Guardian motorcycle group on May 17, 2015, he said. Judy Bergman said her husband, George, hardly rides his motorcycle anymore. It used to be his passion. Now he rides...
  • ACA and AHCA demonstrate both sides in DC work for party over country

    05/08/2017 5:12:56 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 18 replies
    Federalist Party ^ | 05/08/2017 | na
    There’s corruption in DC... This concept comes into clear view when we look at ACA and AHCA, better known as Obamacare and Trumpcare. These two “competing” bills are so similar one would think the same people who support one would support the other, but the exact opposite is true. It’s divided along party lines. In fact, nobody is on record supporting both, though some Federalist-minded politicians were wise enough to support neither. Congressman Justin Amash reluctantly supported the latter. He was so disgusted by the necessity to support AHCA as the lesser-of-two-evils that he penned a response to his vote...
  • Montana polygamist family applies for marriage license

    07/01/2015 12:12:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    KRTV-TV ^ | July 1, 2015 | Simone DeAlba - MTN News
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)BILLINGS - Given the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, a Lockwood family is now looking to solidify rights of its own. We first told you about the Colliers in January of 2015 when the polygamist family appeared on an episode of the TLC show, "Sister Wives."The polyamorous movement is a national push to allow marriage between multiple partners. Nathan Collier and his two wives, Vicki and Christine, said Tuesday that they are simply looking for equality. Nathan is legally married to Vicki, but also wants to legally wed Christine. On Tuesday,...
  • The University of California's Pension Fiasco

    01/05/2015 2:24:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/05/2015 | Lawrence J. McQuillan
    The University of California’s Board of Regents recently voted to increase student tuition up to 25 percent over the next five years. UC president Janet Napolitano said the tuition hike was necessary “to maintain the University of California in terms of academic excellence.” But the real reason for the tuition increase is that the UC system needs funds to bail out the mismanaged pension system that covers retired employees of its ten campuses. Let this be a lesson to the rest of the country: Public officials rarely take responsibility for the messes they make. Rather, they deny culpability and send...
  • NEW PAUL RYAN BUDGET SPENDS MORE NOW, STILL BALANCES IN TEN YEARS

    04/01/2014 11:32:06 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 1, 2014 | by JONATHAN STRONG
    House Budget Committee Chairman released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget Tuesday ahead of a potentially difficult vote in the House as he continues to deal with unrest on the right from a deal he struck with Democratic Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA). The 2014 budget spent $3.498 trillion in 2015, while this year's budget spends $3.664 trillion, an increase of $166 billion. The 2014 budget spent $3.660 trillion in 2016, while this year's budget spends $3.676, an increase of $26 billion, according to a report outlining the budget. The spending in years further out is actually lower than...
  • Republican doctors running for Congress amid ObamaCare rollout fiasco

    12/01/2013 11:25:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/01/13 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Eleven Republican doctors are running for the Senate, hoping that voters will see their medical expertise as an asset amid the administration’s botched rollout of ObamaCare. “Doctors are in a very unique position to look at the financing of healthcare,” Rep. Paul Broun, a family physician running for the GOP nomination for Georgia’s open Senate seat, told The Hill. “We go into medicine for one reason, and one reason only: Because we care about people, we want the people who we serve to have a productive, happy, healthy life,” he added. “That’s the kind of policymaker we should have in...
  • Government Computer Failures [Like ObamaCare] are Normal

    11/06/2013 5:18:37 AM PST · by Moseley · 10 replies
    AMERICAN THINKER ^ | November 6, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    How could the U.S. Government make such a mess of the roll-out of the website for ObamaCare? Actually, government computer systems incompetence is normal. The reaction to www.HealthCare.gov presupposes that our government normally does these things well. ObamaCare is high profile and under the microscope. The filibuster and shutdown confrontation brought intense attention to the roll-out on October 1. But the U.S. Government routinely bungles computer projects large and small and wastes money. Why didn't the Federal government learn anything from past fiascoes? How could President Obama imagine that the Federal Government could hijack and control one-sixth of the nation's...
  • Implementing ObamaCare: Price tag higher than earlier estimates (CGI Alone 290 million)

    10/24/2013 10:05:34 AM PDT · by xzins · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 24 Oct 13, 1159 am | Juliet Epstein
    <p>But under questioning Thursday, Campbell said her company, CGI’s, total contract was “about $290 million,” $112 million of which has already been paid.</p> <p>Slavitt said QSSI received “just under $85 million” for the data hub, which covers much — but not all — of the firm’s work for CMS.</p>
  • Insurers’ Complaints Dismissed

    10/20/2013 10:14:50 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Oct 2013 | John Semmens
    As the new registrants for Obamacare trickle in to the private insurers who are expected to provide coverage complaints about the quality of the registration data are emerging. Executives at more than a dozen health insurance companies say that the information being forwarded to them from the Obamacare Exchanges is riddled with errors. “We’re getting duplicate requests for the same individuals,” said Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini. “In other cases crucial information is missing or incorrect. Some of these errors can be handled by personally phoning those trying to buy insurance, but this is labor-intensive and not cost-effective. If this is...
  • VIDEO Montage: Kathleen Sebelius’ Many Assured Assurances that the Obamacare Exchanges were ‘On...

    10/19/2013 10:44:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 19, 2013 | Bryan Preston
    Full title: VIDEO Montage: Kathleen Sebelius’ Many Assured Assurances that the Obamacare Exchanges were ‘On Track’ to Launch on October 1 Lefty blogger Matt Yglesias laid down his marker that the Obamacare exchange website would be fabulous from day one . Now, where did he get that idea? VIDEO 1:06 minutes More: Now Sebelius is on the run like a common thief, refusing a congressional request to testify about the chaotic Obamacare rollout. Maybe charging her with contempt of Congress will get her attention.
  • Two Weeks Later, Reporter Still Can't Sign Up for Obamacare (how not to start an online service).

    10/14/2013 11:49:00 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 6 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10/14/13 | Daniel Halper
    The healthcare.gov website has been online for two weeks. But folks are having trouble signing up. One person who says she's been trying for two weeks straight to sign up is CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen. ..... Snip .....
  • Republicans Seize on WWII Memorial Fiasco

    10/02/2013 5:50:51 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 68 replies
    House Republicans are seizing the Obama administration’s decision to barricade the open-air World War II memorial in Washington as a potent political weapon in their shutdown showdown with the president. Majority Leader Eric Cantor led a group of GOP lawmakers in denouncing the decision from the Capitol steps, and House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa has launched an investigation into why the WWII memorial and other open-air monuments have been shut down.
  • Obamacare months behind in testing IT data security: government

    08/06/2013 7:02:19 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2013 | Sharon Begley
    The federal government is months behind in testing data security for the main pillar of Obamacare: allowing Americans to buy health insurance on state exchanges due to open by October 1 The missed deadlines have pushed the government's decision on whether information technology security is up to snuff to exactly one day before that crucial date, the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general said in a report. As a result, experts say, the exchanges might open with security flaws or, possibly but less likely, be delayed.
  • 10 Takeaways From The Senate Immigration Fiasco

    06/30/2013 6:11:58 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6-29-13 | Hugh Hewitt
    It was a fiasco — the worst possible result: A terribly flawed bill that, of all the GOP’s Senate superstars, only Marco Rubio could support. All the other rising stars — Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and John Thune — voted “no,” as did Leader McConnell and Whip Cornyn. Worse yet, the jam down created a toxic environment around immigration reform, greatly complicating if not dooming the effort in the House for this session. How much of a fiasco? Read my interview from Wednesday with a very good guy and a serious conservative, Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota. It is...
  • Minneapolis urged to study city-owned utilities, replacing Xcel and CenterPoint

    06/22/2013 6:31:30 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-22-13 | david hanners
    It is a simple question without a simple answer: Should Minneapolis be its own power company? Delegates at last weekend's Minneapolis DFL convention passed a resolution supporting an initiative to study whether Minnesota's largest city has anything to gain by going into the utility business. The passage provided momentum to the proposal, borne of a coalition of green-energy groups. Their goal: compel Xcel Energy to step up efforts to provide clean, affordable electricity -- and CenterPoint Energy to provide more affordable natural gas -- or get the city to provide it. "Our campaign is not saying we should kick Xcel...
  • Military plans would put women in most combat jobs

    06/18/2013 12:17:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 18, 2013
    Military leaders are ready to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines. Under details of the plans obtained by The Associated Press, women could start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later. The military services have mapped out a schedule that also will include reviewing and possibly changing the physical and mental standards that men and women will have to meet in order to quality for certain infantry, armor, commando and other front-line positions across the Army, Navy,...
  • Venezuela’s Amuay Refinery Explosion Shows Why Hugo Chavez's Socialism Is A Powder Keg

    08/28/2012 7:35:05 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 27 August 2012 | Editorial
    Energy: Oil is rising sharply from two disasters in the Caribbean region — one, a fierce storm, and the other a massive blast at the world's second-largest refinery in Hugo Chavez's Venezuela. Only one was perfectly preventable. When the strongman cracked the whip on Venezuela's oil industry in 2003, firing 20,000 experienced oil managers from state-owned Petroleo de Venezuela (PDVSA) to break a strike he admitted he had provoked, he insisted that merit didn't matter anymore, only political loyalty. "There will be no more meritocracy," he told his cheering red-shirts. That philosophy has been laid out in all its glory...
  • "US Fouls Up Again On Prime Minister's Name"

    07/30/2012 2:21:37 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 15 replies
    Pic courtesy another major Japanese national TV network, TBS For those who have been following this, the Japanese press is filled with snippets, chortling and stories and about the keystone-cop-ish US White House (specifically the National Security Council under Tom Donilon) and the White House website, which mistakenly listed the first name of Japan's Prime Minister (the third largest economy in the world you recall) as a common Japanese "female first name", "Yoshiko" (sic), and now the Chunichi Shimbun News off a Kyodo News Agency story (which is the blue ribbon equivalent of AP), has run an article saying...