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  • Private alternative to Medicaid expansion faces crucial vote in Arkansas

    02/18/2014 11:55:29 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 12 replies
    PBS ^ | Feb 17th, 2014 | Hari Sreenivasan
    In Arkansas, an alternative to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion uses federal dollars to purchase private health plans for low-income residents who fall in a coverage gap. But now, as other states consider following suit, the Arkansas law, known as the “private option,” could end unless it is renewed by state lawmakers. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
  • McCain Reads From WFB Article While Slamming Reid on Nuclear Option

    11/22/2013 6:11:00 AM PST · by VeniVidiVici · 36 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 21, 2013 | Staff
    Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) ripped Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on the floor Thursday for his hypocritical role in bringing about the “nuclear option,” quoting directly from a Washington Free Beacon article during his impassioned speech. Reid said in a 2008 interview that, so long as he was the party leader, there would not be a nuclear option effectively stripping the Republicans of their ability to block President Obama’s judicial and executive branch nominees. However, on a near party-line vote Thursday, the Senate voted to approve the measure, 52-48. Reid previously called such attempts at a nuclear...
  • Obamacare adds useless ‘preview’ option to dysfunctional website

    10/12/2013 12:16:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/12/13
    Obamacare’s website, healthcare.gov, recently added an option that allows users to preview their new health care premiums — but the new feature leaves out key pieces of information customers need to choose a health care plan. While The Huffington Post celebrated the changes at Healthcare.gov in a Friday report, the publication admitted that users were only provided limited data about the program in exchange for basic information about where they live and what kind of coverage they are seeking. More detailed information is not factored into the preview, such as: home address, number and ages of adults and children covered...
  • NY Gov. Cuomo: Gun Confiscation “Could Be An Option” (XX BARF)

    12/21/2012 6:04:50 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 58 replies
    The Right Sphere ^ | December 21, 2012 2:14 pm | Posted by Brandon Kiser
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that he had started discussions with leaders of the State Legislature about new gun control measures, and that he planned to propose a package of gun legislation in his State of the State address on Jan. 9. “There’s a big difference of opinion on these issues,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in an interview on an Albany radio station. The New York Assembly, controlled by Democrats, has voted for a number of proposed gun control measures in recent years, only to have the legislation falter in the Senate, which has been controlled by Republicans....
  • Can you opt out of Obamacare?

    11/28/2012 12:30:52 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    Citizens Council for Health Freedom ^ | 11-27-12 | twila brase
    Two weeks ago, I pointed out Section 1555, one of the major chinks in PPACA's armor according to an attorney at the Goldwater Institute. Section 1555 is in the law under "Subtitle G - Miscellaneous Provisions." Since bringing this up, I've heard from some who believe that this section is limited solely to those who sell ("issue") health insurance. Here again is Section 1555: "No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made...
  • Harry Reid’s Nuclear Blunder

    10/08/2011 3:30:39 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 14 replies
    Wa Po ^ | 10/8/11 | Marc A. Thiesson
    On Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered the so-called nuclear option — unilaterally changing Senate rules by a simple majority vote to stop the minority from forcing votes on uncomfortable amendments. It’s the same tactic the majority would use to undercut the minority’s ability to filibuster. And that’s why it’s called “nuclear” — it dramatically alters the balance of power between the majority and minority. It is not a step to be taken lightly. What great matter drove Reid to push the nuclear button? Apparently Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) was threatening to force a vote on...
  • Senate Dems Change Rules, Enraging Republicans and Postponing Vote on China Currency

    10/07/2011 9:28:46 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/6/2011 | John Brandt
    In a stunning turn of events Thursday night where tempers appeared to boil over on the floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and many Senate Democrats, through a complicated bit of legislative jiu-jitsu, managed to change the rules of the body, in a manner similar to the so-called “nuclear option.” The vote centered around a procedural maneuver known as “a motion to suspend Senate rules.” The tactic was an attempt by the minority to force what would have been a symbolic vote on President Obama’s jobs plan. It would have required 67 votes to pass, a target Senate Republicans were...
  • The Preferred Option: Israeli Sovereignty over Judea and Samaria

    05/29/2011 10:12:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/29/11 | Yoel Meltzer
    Nearly every time I suggest to someone that Israel needs to declare complete sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, I am bombarded with doubts and accusations - "Are you crazy, it can't be done!" "What will the world say?", "America will not allow us", "We'll be boycotted and perhaps attacked", "We'll lose the Jewish majority in Israel", etc, etc. Although it's true that it's a complicated issue, my initial response to the valid concerns is to temporarily change the subject. Thus, rather than addressing each point I bring up the feasibility of the current two-state solution since as they say, "the...
  • Obama: It’s the Public Option Debate All Over Again

    12/08/2010 10:45:49 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    verum serum ^ | 12/8/10 | John
    “Not everyone agrees with us.” It does seem to shock some people on the professional left. But notice he repeats the promise he made on Jon Stewart’s show a couple months ago. Obamacare will grow into a massive, unsustainable mess like Medicare. Count on it.
  • 128 House Democrats Revive the Public Option

    07/29/2010 8:58:00 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 56 replies · 9+ views
    http://washingtonindependent.com ^ | 7/29/10 | By Sahil Kapur
    Four months after President Barack Obama enacted the Affordable Care And Patient Protection Act, House Democrats have revived a top liberal priority that was eliminated from the sweeping health care law in the latter stages of a grueling year-long debate: the public option. Armed with a new line of attack aimed at soothing deficit fears, Democratic Reps. Lynn Woolsey (Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) and Pete Stark (Calif.) last Thursday unveiled a bill that would offer consumers the choice of a “robust” government-run insurance plan alongside the private plans in the law’s exchanges. The Congressional Budget Office projects that the bill,...
  • Reid Comes Out For Reconciliation on Public Option

    02/19/2010 1:37:47 PM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies · 1,612+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 19, 2010 | Daniel Foster
    Greg Sargent reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that he would support holding a reconciliation vote on a public option. Said Reid spokesman Rodell Mollineau in a written statement (emphasis Sargent's): Senator Reid has always and continues to support the public option as a way to drive down costs and create competition. That is why he included the measure in his original health care proposal. If a decision is made to use reconciliation to advance health care, Senator Reid will work with the White House, the House, and members of his caucus in an effort to craft...
  • Schumer Joins New Push for Public Option (Commiecare™ on the march - again?)

    02/18/2010 10:25:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies · 349+ views
    Observer ^ | 2/18/10 | Reid Pillifant
    Schumer Joins New Push for Public OptionStory By Reid Pillifant February 18, 2010 | 3:47 p.m Senator Chuck Schumer just announced that he'll sign a new letter pushing majority leader Harry Reid to allow a vote on the public option. "I just added my name to [the] effort to pass a public option through the reconciliation process, and I wanted you to be the first to know," Mr. Schumer wrote in an email to supporters. He's the first of the Democratic leadership in the Senate to do so. He credited four senators--Michael Bennet, Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley, and fellow New...
  • Medicare expansion more costly, less coverage, with no out-of-pocket caps

    12/11/2009 10:11:54 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 418+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Dec.11, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    What’s not to like about the idea of expanding an entitlement program that is already speeding towards collapse, mainly because too many people are entering it already? As it turns out, plenty — and even the New York Times has noticed. It has higher premiums, none of the out-of-pocket caps that private policies have, and will attract a pool with much higher risk, driving costs of premiums and services up, according to a former Medicare trustee: Marilyn Moon, a health economist and former public trustee of Medicare, said that for people 55 to 64, Medicare premiums could be higher than...
  • Medicare expansion idea raises healthcare reform hopes (How is this NOT a "public option"?)

    12/10/2009 4:55:21 AM PST · by RangerM · 19 replies · 682+ views
    LA Times ^ | Dec. 10, 2009 | Noam n. Levey and Bruce Japsen
    It may not satisfy liberals seeking a 'public option,' but the proposal to include Americans as young as 55 in the federal program seems to have increased support for the Senate bill. Reporting from Washington and Chicago - The new proposal for breaking the healthcare impasse in the Senate -- based on a large expansion of the Medicare program -- raised hopes Wednesday among Democrats that the way may be clearing to pass their massive bill by Christmas. The deal, which emerged late Tuesday night after days of negotiations among a group of 10 Democratic senators, dropped the idea of...
  • The Premium, the Button and the Incense

    11/29/2009 5:12:05 AM PST · by MarylousAmerica · 2 replies · 336+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Nov. 26, 2009 | Marylou Barry
    Unless I misunderstand, the socialized medicine plan from hell would not only bilk other patients to provide elective abortions for those who want them, but require all enrollees – even those who view those abortions as murder – to finance them! Sure, this may be in the Constitution, but … on what planet?
  • Lieberman's Stand: No Public Option

    11/23/2009 4:13:14 PM PST · by Senator Goldwater · 75 replies · 1,963+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 23, 2009 | Gerald F. Seib
    Sen. Joseph Lieberman, speaking in that trademark sonorous baritone, utters a simple statement that translates into real trouble for Democratic leaders: "I'm going to be stubborn on this." Stubborn, he means, in opposing any health-care overhaul that includes a "public option," or government-run health-insurance plan, as the current bill does. His opposition is strong enough that Mr. Lieberman says he won't vote to let a bill come to a final vote if a public option is included. Probe for a catch or caveat in that opposition, and none is visible. Can he support a public option if states could opt...
  • Max Baucus: Public option still part of health care reform debate… It’s just less ‘pure’

    10/20/2009 5:11:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 422+ views
    Med City News ^ | 10/19/09 | Mary Vanac
    Max Baucus: Public option still part of health care reform debate… It’s just less ‘pure’October 19, 2009 by Mary Vanac WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus told reporters Monday afternoon that he isn’t sure the Senate can muster the votes needed to pass health care reform that contains a “pure public option.” “This issue is alive” Baucus told reporters during a teleconference organized by Families USA, a consumer health care advocate. “We’re looking at it to see what makes the most sense,” the Democrat from Montana said in answer to a question about whether a government-backed health...
  • Finance Committee (Health) bill has been filed

    10/19/2009 3:06:27 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 17 replies · 526+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/19/09 | Chris Frates
    Senate Finance Committee members have been notified that the committee's health reform bill was filed today. S. 1796 weighs in at 1,502 pages, according to a Senate Republican leadership source. It's still not up yet on the Finance Committee website or Thomas.gov. We'll post a link as soon as we get one.
  • Word from Chicago: Privately, Barack Obama strongly backs public option

    10/04/2009 10:17:42 AM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 38 replies · 990+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 4, 2009 | Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook
    White House discreetly labors to weave coalition on health care WASHINGTON - Despite months of seeming ambivalence about creating a government health insurance plan, the Obama White House has launched an intensifying behind-the-scenes campaign to get divided Senate Democrats to take up some version of the idea in the weeks just ahead. President Barack Obama has long advocated a so-called public option, while at the same time repeatedly expressing openness to other ways to offer consumers a potentially more affordable alternative to health plans sold by private insurers. But now, senior administration officials are holding private meetings almost daily...
  • Public Option: 'Nothing Is Ever Dead On Capitol Hill'[Everyone Still Can Be A Ward Of The State]

    09/30/2009 4:59:38 PM PDT · by Son House · 7 replies · 548+ views
    CNN.com ^ | September 30, 2009 | By Kristi Keck
    Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, said that while he liked the idea of a public option, he knew a bill that included the provision would be a death sentence for health care reform. But Democratic Sens. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Charles Schumer of New York, who sponsored the public option amendments, both indicated that they don't think the debate about the public option is over. Despite his proposal being voted down, Schumer said Tuesday, "Today the odds went up that there'll be a public option in the bill." There's been a lot of focus on the plan in...
  • Senate Votes Down Public Option

    09/29/2009 1:59:04 PM PDT · by RowdyFFC · 22 replies · 1,260+ views
    CBS ^ | 09/29/09 | Stephanie Condon
    Updated at 4:05 p.m. ET with vote on Schumer amendment. A key Senate panel shot down two amendments on Tuesday afternoon to add a government-run health insurance plan to its health care bill. Getting to the crux of the nation's current health care debate – whether there should be more government involvement in health care -- the Senate Finance Committee spent hours debating the merits of a government plan, or "public option," before voting down two separate proposals.
  • Senate Committee Votes Against Government-Run Public Option Insurance Plan

    09/29/2009 12:08:45 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 5 replies · 704+ views
    Fox news ^ | 9/29/2009 | Foxnews
    Senate Committee Votes Against Government-Run Public Option Insurance Plan
  • Here's my Option: **** the Public! Obamacare Explained by Ralph Wigglesworth

    09/22/2009 10:09:40 AM PDT · by RandReagan · 479+ views
    This is not a blog ^ | Ralph Wigglesworth
    Some(1) have tried to ease concerns about President Obama's plan to reform health-care by stating that at this point there isn’t exactly a specific bill to be for or against. Well, as an avid reader of New York Post headlines and Sarah Palin’s Tweets I can assure you that Ralph Wigglesworth has already heard all he needs to know. To be frank, what it is I'm hearing is that even after last week's hugely successful public Tea-bagging of Washington much of the public (this is the same selfish public that's for a public-option...what a coincidence!!) finds the arguments of the...
  • Pawlenty might invoke the 10th Amendment to stop health care reform

    09/11/2009 5:36:38 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 24 replies · 2,841+ views
    Minnesota INdependent ^ | 9-10-09 | David Weigel
    On a Thursday night Republican Governors Association conference call with conservative activists, moderated by Erick Erickson of RedState, Gov. Tim Pawlenty broached the possibility of “asserting the 10th Amendment” to keep Minnesota from fully participating in a health care plan passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. The 10th Amendment reads:
  • Breaking News Sen. Finance Chairman Baucus Concedes 'Public Option' Can't Pass the Senate

    09/09/2009 9:53:58 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 49 replies · 2,043+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/9/2009 | Fox news
    Breaking News Sen. Finance Chairman Baucus Concedes 'Public Option' Can't Pass the Senate
  • 'Public Option' As Unhealthy As Medicare[Last year Mayo Clinic Lost $840 million In Medicare Work]

    09/05/2009 11:51:38 AM PDT · by Son House · 28 replies · 2,109+ views
    The Anchorage Daily News ^ | September 1st, 2009 | By JEFFREY W. DAVIS
    The only way a "public plan" can achieve its stated goals is to pay doctors and hospitals less than what private health plans pay for the same services. Doctors and hospitals in Alaska already lose money on Medicare, and make up for their losses on current government programs by charging everyone with private health care coverage more for the same services. Current proposals for a "public plan" would place unsustainable financial pressure on doctors and hospitals. Some of the proposals suggest paying providers rates close to that which Medicare currently uses to underpay health care providers. Others suggest "negotiated" payments,...
  • "Why can't they make Medicare the public option?"

    08/19/2009 5:21:10 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 33 replies · 712+ views
    DemocraticUnderground | Aug 16, 2009 | Clear Blue Sky
    "Why can't they make Medicare the public option? Allow anyone to be part of Medicare. . . . Seems reasonable unless I'm missing something." Quoting comment #19 on Democratic Underground website thread titled "White House appears ready to drop 'public option'"
  • 'Public option' in health plan may be dropped (Bawney Fwank - "there will be NO single-payer plan")

    08/18/2009 7:06:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 677+ views
    Go Upstate ^ | 8/18/09 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    'Public option' in health plan may be droppedSHERYL GAY STOLBERG Last Modified: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 5:17 a.m. PHOENIX — The White House, facing increasing skepticism over President Obama’s call for a public insurance plan to compete with the private sector, signaled Sunday that it was willing to compromise and would consider a proposal for a nonprofit health cooperative being developed in the Senate. The “public option,” a new government insurance program akin to Medicare, has been a central component of Mr. Obama’s agenda for overhauling the health care system, but it has also emerged as a flashpoint for...
  • Obama Plan Creates 'Public Option' Malpractice Law Firm

    08/18/2009 4:05:44 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies · 672+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 8/18/2009 | Scott Ott
    News fairly unbalanced. We report. You decipher. With multimillion-dollar jury awards in medical malpractice suits driving up the cost of liability insurance for physicians -- and thus the cost of health care to consumers -- President Barack Obama today backed a health care malpractice reform plan that would create a "public option" law firm to sue doctors for "reasonable" damages. "We need to keep these ambulance-chasers honest," Obama said. "These sharks are becoming obscenely wealthy by tugging the heartstrings of compassionate jurors, who then grant ridiculous damage awards for pain and suffering, which makes malpractice insurance rates skyrocket and jacks...
  • The Health Care fight on Public Option is far from over

    08/17/2009 11:31:45 AM PDT · by buszero · 6 replies · 425+ views
    Some of us may have seen James Carville say that Public Option is out. This is just a Democratic strategy that is again a partial truth only to shut us up while they work on getting it through. This fight is far from over. Democratic strategist Howard Dean laid out the Democratic plans this morning on MSNBC to ultimately put in Public Option such that they will have it in the House bill, but not the Senate bill. When they reconcile the two bills for Obama's desk, it will only need 50 votes in the Senate, and they can "forget...
  • Public Option Is Not Dead Yet (re-named "health insurance co-ops")

    08/17/2009 9:02:31 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 23 replies · 777+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | August 17, 2009 | By Conn Carroll
    ...Americans fighting against government-run health care are out of the woods yet. Conrad insists that the Senate could pass health reform that includes health insurance co-operatives. Co-operatives do have a long and proud tradition in many sectors of the U.S. economy, but details matter. Conrad says these health co-ops will not be “government-run and government-controlled” but instead “membership-run and membership controlled.” But others in Conrad’s caucus have a starkly different co-op goal. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is pushing a vision of co-ops that are: 1) run by the government, preferably the federal government; 2) funded or subsidized by the government;...
  • Sebelius: Public insurance option not essential

    08/16/2009 8:21:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies · 769+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/16/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's health secretary is suggesting the White House is ready to accept nonprofit insurance cooperatives instead of a government-run public option in a health overhaul plan. A Republican senator says that is worth looking at. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says Obama still believes there should be choice and competition" in the health insurance market — but that a public option is "not the essential element."
  • Gov't insurance would allow coverage for abortion

    08/05/2009 5:41:08 AM PDT · by RangerM · 4 replies · 341+ views
    http://asia.news.yahoo.com ^ | Aug 4, 2009 | RICARDO ALONSOZALDIVAR
    ".....Abortion rights supporters say that would have the effect of denying coverage for abortion to millions of women who now have it through workplace insurance and are expected to join the exchange......."
  • Lieberman: Attack May Be Only Option On Iran

    08/04/2009 2:40:25 AM PDT · by Strategy · 14 replies · 1,980+ views
    Newsmax ^ | August 3, 2009
    Launching a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities will be the "only one choice" left for the United States if new economic sanctions fail to convince Tehran to halt its bomb-making program, according to Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Only through "crippling sanctions do we have a chance to convince the Iranians to stop this nuclear weapons program," Lieberman, an independent Democrat from Connecticut, told the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Stiffer sanctions are necessary in order to "save ourselves" from having to make the most difficult choice, which he said was "doing nothing in regard to a nuclear Iran,...
  • Stem cells from testicles an option to embryos

    10/08/2008 2:18:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 626+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/8/08 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON – Cells taken from men's testicles seem as versatile as the stem cells derived from embryos, researchers reported Wednesday in what may be yet another new approach in a burgeoning scientific field. The new type of stem cells could be useful for growing personalized replacement tissues, according to a study in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. But because of their source, their highest promise would apply to only half the world's population: men. Embryonic stem cells can give rise to virtually any tissue in the body and scientists believe they may offer treatments for diseases like Parkinson's and...
  • A Selfless Choice: In Celebration of Adoption

    05/12/2007 2:49:44 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 10 replies · 644+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2007 | Ken Connor
    In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision upholding the ban on partial birth abortion, proponents of abortion have reacted as if the sky were falling. Abortion proponents have grimly announced that a "womans right to choose" is in peril. Of course, they speak about the "right to choose" only in the abstract; they are careful not to identify the choice they have in view. The morality of any "choice" under consideration, however, cannot be divorced from the thing that is being chosen. Choices are not mere abstractions. They are concrete, and they have consequences. Let's not kid ourselves about...
  • Obama preserves public financing option (poses novel question to FEC)

    02/07/2007 8:27:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 488+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/7/07 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) is asking whether he can take money from donors who want him to be president, then give it back later. The Federal Election Commission said Wednesday that it will look into the novel question. Obama is indicating that he wants to at least keep the option of using the public financing system for his presidential campaign if he becomes the Democratic nominee. To do so, the Illinois senator could not spend any money from contributors for political purposes, but instead use federal funding that is expected to total about $85...
  • Texans exercise 'buy back' to keep Carr through '08

    02/10/2006 12:02:42 PM PST · by Cyclopean Squid · 25 replies · 359+ views
    ESPN ^ | 2-10-06 | Len Pasquarelli
    HONOLULU -- In a move that could augur the selection of Southern California tailback Reggie Bush as the first overall pick in the 2006 draft, league sources here for the Pro Bowl confirmed late Thursday that the Houston Texans have exercised a "buy back" clause in quarterback David Carr's contract, paying him an $8 million bonus to secure his services for three more seasons. The Texans, who announced the extension Friday in a news release, did not provide details, but called a 2 p.m. news conference to discuss the deal. Retaining the four-year veteran quarterback, who would have become eligible...
  • Rumsfeld: Quitting Is No Option in Iraq

    12/05/2005 3:13:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 207+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 5, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2005 – Quitting in Iraq before the mission is finished would be an invitation to more terrorist violence against the United States, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today. "This is not just a hypothesis," Rumsfeld told an audience at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at its campus here. "The U.S. withdrawal from Somalia emboldened Osama bin Laden in the 1990s. We know this. He said so." Similarly, a retreat in Iraq would send an unmistakable message to America's enemies and friends alike, the secretary said. It would signal to Iraqis and...
  • Nixon Sought Less Destructive Nuclear Option

    11/24/2005 10:33:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 673+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/24/05 | Calvin Woodward - ap
    WASHINGTON - Widely recognized as a military hawk, President Richard M. Nixon fretted privately over the notion of any no-holds-barred nuclear war, newly released documents from his time at the White House reveal. Visions of such an all-out war involving nuclear missiles were unpalatable from the first days of Nixon's presidency, starting in 1969 and lasting until the summer of 1974, when he resigned during the Watergate scandal. Recently declassified papers from that time in history show that Nixon wanted an alternative to the option of full-scale nuclear war — a plan for a gentler war, one that could ultimately...
  • When Torture is the Only Option

    11/11/2005 9:07:04 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 233 replies · 2,192+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/11/2005 | DAVID GELERNTER
    When torture is the only option ... DAVID GELERNTER SEN. JOHN MCCAIN's proposed legislation incorporating into U.S. law the Geneva Convention ban on mistreating prisoners. The bill, which bans cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment, passed the Senate 90 to 9. To say it's got momentum is putting it mildly. But President Bush says he will veto the bill unless the CIA is exempted. Vice President Cheney has led the administration's campaign for the exemption. It's a hard sell; pro-torture politicians are scarce around Washington. But of course you don't have to be "pro-torture" to oppose the McCain amendment. That naive...
  • CA: Talks over special election stalled, some consider cancellation an option

    07/22/2005 6:48:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 271+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/22/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - With negotiations between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic leaders at a halt, both sides are poised to go to political war in a Nov. 8 special election, even as the number of ballot measures dwindle and new calls are made by some to cancel the balloting all together. "We are so deep into it now, I don't see how you can get the toothpaste back into the tube," said Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles. "We are so far down the path, I think we should have the special election and put the whole issue to rest."...
  • An 'Extraordinary' Muddle - (Frist, George Allen see "nuclear option" coming soon)

    06/24/2005 4:50:47 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 350+ views
    FAMILY.ORG ^ | JUNE 24, 2005 | CANDI CUSHMAN
    The days of the judicial-filibuster compromise are numbered. The scuttlebutt on Capitol Hill these days is that the McCain compromise will vanish as soon as a Supreme Court nomination appears. That's because the so-called compromise has that one huge loophole: It allows Democrats to filibuster (and thereby block an up-or-down vote on) any nominee they define as an "extraordinary" circumstance. And if Democrats' recent behavior is any indication, "extraordinary" will be used as a ruse for discriminating against judges who give even the slightest hint of holding pro-life views or having faith in God. "Any agreement that opens filibusters to...
  • GOP gains momentum on judges - (Frist to use "nuclear option," if Dems start stalling)

    06/12/2005 4:53:45 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 24 replies · 1,394+ views
    TOWN HALL.COM ^ | JUNE 10, 2005 | TIM CHAPMAN
    Republicans, fresh off the confirmation of five judges to the Appeals court, are finally feeling some momentum on an issue that has been stalled by Democrats for years: Republicans say the confirmations of long-filibustered judges William Pryor, Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen, David McKeague and Richard Griffin for the U.S. Appeals Court show that President Bush can get conservatives on the nation's highest courts despite the objections of Democrats. And it can happen without Republicans voting to eliminate judicial filibusters, a move known as the "nuclear option" because of the intense rancor it would cause. Now that the filibuster tiger...
  • Who’ll Have the Last Laugh over Judicial Filibusters? - (the sweet side of the "sour deal!")

    06/07/2005 4:40:50 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 1,730+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE.COM ^ | JUNE 7, 2005 | BARNEY BRENNER
    Not only is there a bright side for conservatives in the recent Senate “compromise” on Presidential appointments, but it’s hard to find any reason at all to justify celebration by liberal Democrats. President Bush’s long-stalled 5th Circuit nominee, Priscilla Owen, now sits on that federal bench, and confirmations of capable conservatives Janice Rogers Brown and William Pryor are soon to follow. Even the prospective nominations of William Meyers and Henry Saad have been sidetracked in thought only. Make no mistake – the dam has cracked and its eventual collapse is as easy as ever to see. The seven Republican signatories...
  • Bill Frist and the Unconditional Surrender Option - (spot on!.....sheesh, Bill!)

    05/28/2005 8:47:33 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 26 replies · 1,258+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | MAY 27, 2005 | DUSTIN HAWKINS
    After talking for months about the “constitutional/nuclear/whatever option,” Senate majority leader Bill Frist was finally set to bring the measure to the table. The move to restore the rights of the majority in consenting to judicial nominees by a majority vote was finally going to signal the end of the Republican weasel-ness that plagues the party every time it gains power. Then the weasels stepped in. The “great compromise” resulted in the Republicans giving up everything while the Democrats gave up nothing. The give-take deal worked as it always has. Republicans give, Democrats take. The parties shake hands and the...
  • Open Letter to Americans: ‘The Ball is in Your Court’ - (ex-CBS, Gannett Vice President speaks out!)

    05/28/2005 6:22:52 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 993+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | MAY 28, 2005 | LEE ELLIS
    Blaring from network and cable TV: “Democrats forced the Senate to put off a final vote this week on John R. Bolton’s nomination to be U.N. ambassador, the latest setback for the tough-talking nominee President Bush has called "strong medicine for corruption and inefficiency at the United Nations.” This was done by another filibuster that might delay the vote until June, thus shattering the myth that the two parties had joined together in a bond of trust that would end the obstruction that has kept Bush appointees from getting an up and down vote. When is Bill Frist, the Senate...
  • Senate's third-party caucus restores power to the center - (Dick Morris on McCain's 14!)

    05/26/2005 9:03:32 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 30 replies · 906+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | MAY 26, 2005 | DICK MORRIS
    The deal to avert a change in Senate cloture rules is more than just a temporary outbreak of sanity in this highly charged partisan accelerator chamber. It amounts to a transfer of leadership from the polarized, party leaders to the narrow but critical center of the institution. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) still has the corner office, and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) still has the key to the executive washroom, but it is the 14 senators who crafted this deal who now are the people to see in the Senate. Few realized that when the Republicans garnered 55 seats...
  • Values Voters Betrayed Twice in One Week - (Dr. Dobson, Gary Bauer voice disappointment)

    05/26/2005 7:48:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 495+ views
    RELIGION JOURNAL.COM ^ | MAY 25, 2005 | Staff Writer
    Pro-family leaders are expressing outrage over a compromise deal in the Senate that will allow a vote on some of the president's heretofore filibustered judicial nominees, but preserves the tactic for liberal Democrats to use against nominees they deem too conservative. Last week, 14 members of the U.S. Senate -- seven Republicans and seven Democrats -- proudly announced a Senate compromise to end Democratic filibusters against three of President Bush's judicial nominees: Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown, and William Pryor. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid told reporters that filibusters will continue against two other Bush nominees -- William Myers and...
  • Judicial Filibuster 'Compromise': America Betrayed - (Chris Adamo just about says it all here!)

    05/25/2005 8:56:35 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 32 replies · 1,105+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | MAY 26, 2005 | CHRISTOPHER ADAMO
    It will be some time before the full impact of this week’s sellout by seven so-called “moderate” Republicans in the U.S. Senate becomes completely apparent. The plan to break Democrat filibusters of judicial nominees was, in reality, no less than a Republican fight to restore the integrity of the Constitution. But in the face of the Republican defections, Democrats will now credibly claim to have protected it, and the nation as a whole, from the ravages of Republican “extremism.” Despite media spin, this arrangement was no agreement among “centrists” from both parties. The seven Democrats who participated in the deal...