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  • The struggle against America's racist death row(major hurl alert)

    04/10/2017 5:35:10 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 22 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 11th April 2017 | Massoud Hayoun
    Texas death-row inmate Rodney Reed - a black American man convicted in a racially charged trial - has lived under the threat of execution for two decades. At one point, in March 2015, Reed was set to be executed the day after Al Jazeera spoke to him from behind the plexiglass at a prison in Livingston, Texas. But the execution was stayed, pending a review into his case. In 2014, Reed's lawyers had launched a bid to reopen an investigation into DNA collected at the crime scene that the lawyers said would exonerate him. Texas's judicial authorities had long ignored...
  • Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health

    02/15/2017 9:00:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    reason.com ^ | Feb. 14, 2017 9:44 pm | Peter Suderman|
    Full Title: Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Question The tax agency has stopped requiring individual filers to indicate whether they maintained health coverage or paid the mandate penalty as required under the law How much difference does a single line on a tax form make? For Obamacare's individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot. Following President Donald Trump's executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement. The health law's...
  • Obamacare IRS Penalty Letter

    01/14/2017 11:08:42 AM PST · by bethtopaz · 37 replies
    Yahoo News, AP ^ | January 14, 2017 | bethtopaz
    FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2014 file photo, tax form 8962 is seen in Washington. If you haven’t signed up for health insurance this year, you may be getting a nudge from the taxman. The IRS is sending personalized letters to millions of uninsured taxpayers that they’re potentially on the hook for hundreds of dollars in fines. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — If you haven't signed up for health insurance, you may soon be getting a not-too-subtle nudge from the taxman. The IRS is sending personalized letters to millions of taxpayers who might be uninsured, reminding them...
  • U.S. Justice Department Won´t Seek Death Penalty Against Benghazi Suspect

    05/10/2016 5:30:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/10/16 | Eric Tucker
    The Justice Department will not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected Libyan militant charged in the Benghazi attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, federal officials announced Tuesday. The department revealed its decision, which pushes the case forward toward trial, in a brief court filing that offered no additional explanation. In a separate statement, spokeswoman Emily Pierce said Attorney General Loretta Lynch made the decision after reviewing the case and consulting with federal prosecutors. She said the department remains "committed to ensuring that the defendant is held accountable" for the 2012 attacks. Khattala´s...
  • Obamacare enrollment projections down nearly 40 percent

    01/25/2016 2:37:40 PM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Jan. 25, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Obamacare enrollment is lagging far behind what economists had projected, the Congressional Budget Office said in a new report that cuts the total number of customers expected to buy plans on the exchanges from 21 million down to just 13 million this year. Of those, 11 million will be getting government subsidies - down from the 15 million the CBO had projected just a year ago. The updated projections came as part of the CBO's 2016 budget outlook, and confirm the administration's own dim estimates of how many people would take advantage of the health exchanges, which are at the...
  • Shocka: People still think penalties are more affordable than Affordable Care Act coverage

    01/04/2016 9:49:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/04/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    <p>Let’s see. ObamaCare’s mandates on insurers have driven individual-market premiums into the stratosphere, and pushed deductibles even higher. For all but wellness checks, the average consumer would have to spend $12,000 out of pocket before benefits kick in and cover some health-care costs. On the other hand, going without insurance will cost $695 or 2.5% of one’s income, which would make the latter choice a better deal for everyone earning under $480,000.</p>
  • ObamaCare enrollment spikes ahead of increase in penalty (Pelosi knew)

    12/24/2015 4:50:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/23/15 | Peter Sullivan
    People who don't buy health insurance next year will face a penalty of at least $695, a price that is being linked to a jump in ObamaCare sign-ups, particularly among people under 35 years old. The administration said Tuesday that 8.2 million people have signed up so far, compared to 6.4 million at this point last year. That includes 2.1 million people under age 35 - nearly double the number of young people enrolled during the same period last year. Administration officials touting the numbers have pounded home the message that ObamaCare coverage is affordable in explaining the rush of...
  • Steep new penalties for Americans who don't enroll in Obamacare (Pelosi knew)

    12/11/2015 11:17:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Fiscal Times via MSN ^ | 12/10/15 | Eric Pianin
    After two years of genteel coaxing of millions of Americans to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration has begun to turn up the heat with the threat of a sharp increase in tax penalties and other sanctions. While many people found it far less expensive to pay a penalty than to enroll in a new government-subsidized health care plan, they will be in for a rude awakening if they try that again. In fact, in some ways it will be cheaper to purchase one of the more modest insurance plans than to pay...
  • Why Obamacare Penalties in 2016 Will Be the Worst Yet

    10/10/2015 2:08:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Fool ^ | 6/08/15
    **SNIP** For 2014, the penalties were relatively small. The minimum amount was $95 per adult and $47.50 per child, which, for large families, is capped at a total of $285. If your income is higher, though, then your penalty could be as much as 1% of whatever income you earn over the tax filing threshold. In general, individuals making more than $20,000 have had to pay a higher penalty than the base $95 amount, and families making above certain higher limits have had to pay more than the $285 cap. This year, though, the penalty amounts are ratcheting up significantly....
  • Suspects in two high-profile Bay Area killings alled ‘lost souls’ by authorities

    10/09/2015 10:45:22 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 26 replies
    sfgate ^ | October 9, 2015 | Kale Williams
    Three “lost souls” stand accused of the seemingly random deaths of two people in the Bay Area, a well-known tantric massage instructor gunned down on a Marin County hiking trail Monday evening and a Canadian backpacker shot to death in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park two days before. Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, Sean Michael Angold, 24, and Lila Scott Alligood, 18, were arrested in Portland, Ore., Wednesday after leading investigators on an interstate manhunt following the discovery of the body of Steve Carter, 67, on a popular trail northwest of Fairfax on Monday. “It appears that we have three people...
  • Nebraska senators override governor's veto, repeal death penalty

    05/27/2015 6:57:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 32 replies
    How they voted Yes: Roy Baker, Kate Bolz, Patty Pansing Brooks, Kathy Campbell, Ernie Chambers, Colby Coash, Tanya Cook, Sue Crawford, Al Davis, Laura Ebke, Tommy Garrett, Mike Gloor, Ken Haar, Galen Hadley, Matt Hansen, Burke Harr, Robert Hilkemann, Sara Howard, Rick Kolowski, Mark Kolterman, Bob Krist, Brett Lindstrom, John McCollister, Heath Mello, Adam Morfeld, Jeremy Nordquist, Paul Schumacher, Les Seiler, Kate Sullivan, Matt Williams No: Dave Bloomfield, Lydia Brasch, Joni Craighead, Curt Friesen, Mike Groene, Dan Hughes, Jerry Johnson, Bill Kintner, John Kuehn, Tyson Larson, Beau McCoy, John Murante, Merv Riepe, Jim Scheer, Ken Schilz, David Schnoor, Jim Smith,...
  • Penalty decision reached in Boston terrorist attack

    05/15/2015 11:52:15 AM PDT · by cll · 148 replies
    Jurors have reached a decision in the penalty phase of the Boston Marathon bombing trial. The jury was tasked with deciding whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to life in prison or death for his role in killing four people and wounding hundreds more. Court was to convene at 3 p.m. for the reading of the verdict. Get complete coverage of the Tsarnaev decision on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.
  • Health Insurance Deadline Approaches, Penalties Will Double

    02/08/2015 8:13:18 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    KOAA 5 ^ | Feb 07, 2015 | Maddie Garrett
    The penalty for not having health insurance this year is more than doubling. Coloradans have until February 15 ,2015, to shop for plans through the Connect for Health Colorado market place. Under the Affordable Care Act individuals are required to either have health insurance or pay a penalty at tax time. That penalty is either a flat rate or two percent of family income. This year, that rate is $325 per adult, $162 per child and up to $975 per family. Compared to last year the fine for an adult was only $95 and up to $285 per family.
  • Obamacare penalty may come as shock at tax time

    01/18/2015 7:12:51 PM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Those Americans who didn’t get health insurance last year could be in for a rude awakening when the IRS asks them to fork over their Obamacare penalty — and it could be a lot more than the $95 many of them may be expecting. The Affordable Care Act requires those who didn’t have insurance last year and didn’t qualify for one of the exemptions to pay a tax penalty, which was widely cited as $95 the first year. But the $95 is actually a minimum, and middle- and upper-income families will actually end up paying 1 percent of their household...
  • Beyond Charlie Hebdo: 'Blasphemy' penalized by Arab governments

    01/09/2015 11:15:21 AM PST · by wtd · 4 replies
    UPI.com ^ | Jan. 9, 2015 at 1:51 PM | Andrew V. Pestano
    Beyond Charlie Hebdo: 'Blasphemy' penalized by Arab governmentsaws restricting apostasy and blasphemy are most common in the Middle East and North Africa, with penalties ranging from fines to death. WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- As a terrorist attack on a satirical magazine in Paris illuminates the issue of press freedom, media in most of the Arab world are still shackled and can be brutally punished for "blasphemy" by their governments. Even after the promise of new freedoms during the Arab Spring movement, all countries in the region are regarded as having press freedom situations that are "difficult" or "very serious,"...
  • Doctors to get Medicare pay cut if they don't 'meaningfully' use electronic medical records

    12/19/2014 6:18:33 PM PST · by nicmarlo · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 19, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The bullying of the nation’s physicians continues apace, now turning to penalizing doctors who don’t meet the administration’s one-size-fits-all approach to medical records. Bruce Japsen of Forbes reports: More than 250,000 physicians and other health professionals are being notified as early as today that their payments from Medicare and Medicaid will be cut because they aren’t adequately using electronic health records in their practices, the Obama administration confirmed. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, known as CMS, is telling about 257,000 eligible medical care providers who are largely physicians that they will be paid 1 percent less in reimbursement...
  • The ObamaCare Tax Hidden in Plain Sight

    12/09/2014 6:35:06 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/8/2014 | John Merline
    ObamaCare's individual mandate penalties were supposed to encourage people to buy insurance. But it turns out that the penalties amount to a regressive tax that hits lower-income families the hardest. That's the conclusion of the Minnesota-based Citizen's Council for Health Freedom (CCHF), which found that low-income couples who don't buy an ObamaCare plan will end up paying a far greater share of their income in penalties than those making twice as much.
  • Your “Children Will Be Fined” If You Fail To Sign Up For Obamacare

    11/16/2014 2:29:40 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 56 replies
    http://www.shtfplan.com ^ | Nov 14, 2014 | Mac Slavo
    Free and affordable health care just gets better and better. In 2015 the government will be activating some new “incentives” embedded in the Affordable Care Act in an effort to get more people to sign up. But, as is often the case when the government says one thing, they mean exactly the opposite. In this case, when they say incentive what they really mean is that you are going to be penalized if you fail to acquire government mandated health insurance. But not just you. Your children, who apparently no longer belong to you anyway based on a recent court...
  • Udall’s Shorter Work Week ( Obamacare Taxes, Penalty )

    10/13/2014 4:15:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | Oct. 12, 2014
    Universities dodge the mandate by cutting back student work hours. Liberals are rebuking businesses for cutting the hours of workers to skirt ObamaCare’s employer mandate. Lo, the people’s republic of Boulder, otherwise known as the University of Colorado, has announced that it too is capping the hours of undergraduate workers to avoid the mandate. ... Undergrads will now be limited to 25 hours of university-provided employment per week, though students can work additional hours at off-campus jobs. Under ObamaCare, large employers must provide health benefits—including free contraception—to all employees who work more than 30 hours a week on average. Otherwise,...
  • Thousands Of Firms Aren't Paying An "Obamacare Tax", IRS Audit Finds 24% Shortfall

    08/20/2014 9:37:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    It appears Sen. Orin Hatch's comment that "everything from this ill-conceived tax's structure to its implementation has been a disaster," are coming true. As AP reports, an "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. An audit found the IRS received only 5,107 returns (against expectations of over 9,000) with a 24% shortfall in revenues. The tax is projected to generate $29 billion over the coming decade, so a 24 percent shortfall - if it were sustained - would be significant. As...