Republicans revived attacks against their favorite target "Obamacare" by seizing on technical failures to try to delay its rollout, amid some fraying of Democratic support for the health care reforms. The rocky debut of the website where people started…
Jofi Joseph, a director in the non-proliferation section of the National Security Staff at the White House, was fired last week when it was learned he was using an anonymous Twitter account to torment the foreign policy and national security community.
Joseph, who was helping negotiate nuclear issues with Iran, for more than two years sent hundreds of anonymous and abrasive tweets using the handle @NatSecWonk.
As the widely followed @NatSecWonk, Joseph speculated anonymously about the political motives and career moves of administration officials he worked with. They included Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama's spokesman on national security issues.
This month, Joseph tweeted that Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, "had few policy goals and no wins" in the Middle East. He agreed with Republican Representative Darrell Issa, who has relentlessly pursued Clinton for administration actions after last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
"Look, Issa is an ass, but he's on to something here with the @HillaryClinton whitewash of accountability for Benghazi," he tweeted.
An AR-15 rifle was reportedly stolen from the congresswoman' home in Dunn last week, after the family returned from target shooting.
According to the News Observer:
"The weapon had been left leaning against a gun locker in an unlocked garage on Kingsway Drive, the report said.
The rifle, a gun case and a GPS, with a cumulative value of $1,100, were reported stolen, according to Chief J.D. Pope. Police think the theft happened on the night of Oct. 15.
“According to the report, they had been out target shooting and brought the gun back and leaned it against the gun safe,” Pope said. “ … The garage door was left unsecured, according to the report.”'
Except when it's not.
A political conservative aligned with the Tea Party, Ellmers is a staunch gun advocate, according to her website:
" Although she believes that gun owners must be responsible for the use and care of their guns, she does not want to see law-abiding gun owners penalized for the actions of criminals. It has become far too easy to place blame on guns, and their accessibility, rather than the criminals themselves."
I certainly hope that no one ends up shot as a result of the theft of that rifle.
Do you think the congresswoman understands the role of accessibility in gun violence yet?
Every year around Halloween, Ellen Degeneres sends her easily scared writer Amy to a haunted house, and it's always hilarious.
This year, Ellen decided to send her even more easily scared executive producer Andy along with Amy.
The resulting footage of the two wandering through Universal Studios' Walking Dead-themed haunted house completely terrified is so funny it's hilarious.
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A woman appeared to be light-headed and had to be escorted out during President Obama’s Rose Garden speech on Monday. The woman has been identified as Karmel Allison, and she is diabetic, according the White House, and she was invited to the press conference since she successfully enrolled in Obamacare. As Obama spoke, Allison's eyes rolled back and became unsteady on her feet, causing the president to turn around and ask her if she was ok. “This is what happens when I talk too long,” Obama said as Allison was led off stage.
According to the White House, Allison has remained on the same insurance since her diagnosis “despite constantly rising costs, for fear she would not be able to find a plan that would cover her due to her pre-existing condition.”
“Allison recently began researching her options on CoveredCA and has publicly described her experience as finally feeling equal to others, including her young and healthy husband, when it comes to access to coverage,” the White House explained.
According to “A Sweet Life,” a blog for which she is a contributor, Allison is also pregnant.
A new survey of 25 GOP-held districts shows dwindling favorability for Republican members of the House in the wake of the recent government shutdown.
The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling and funded by MoveOn.org, is the third in a series of polls that indicate Democrats have a shot at taking back the House of Representatives in the 2014 election cycle.
The results of the latest survey show that incumbent Republicans in 15 of the 25 districts polled trail generic Democratic candidates. When combined with the results of the previous surveys, the polls show that generic Democratic candidates lead in 37 of 61 GOP-held districts.
When voters were informed their Republican candidate supported the government shutdown, 11 more districts flipped and one race became a tie.
Democrats in the House only need to see a net increase of 17 seats in order to take back the majority. This poll indicates that Democrats could see an increase of as many as 49 seats.
Public Policy Polling indicated several caveats to the results. The surveys were conducted during a high-profile budget crisis debate, a year before the elections will take place. And incumbent Republican candidates were compared to "generic Democrats," who may not represent the actual candidates each district will see.
The districts surveyed this week in which a generic Democratic challenger leads prior to any information being provided about the shutdown are:
CA-39, CA-49, CO-03, FL-07, FL-15, FL-25, IL-06, MI-03, NJ-05, NJ-11, OH-15,OH-16, PA-16, VA-05, WI-06
The additional districts in which a generic Democratic challenger leads or ties after voters are told the Republican incumbent supported a shutdown are:
MI-04, NJ-07, NY-22, OH-10, VA-04, WI-08
The districts in which the incumbent Republican leads throughout the survey are:
IL-16, OH-01, PA-15, VA-01
"Congressional Republicans' decision to shut down the government in an effort to thwart majority rule and repeal health care reform has hurt our economy, and this polling shows it has also led many voters to abandon their support for the GOP," said Ilya Sheyman, Executive Director of MoveOn.org. "The American people are sick and tired of Tea Party Republicans' extreme agenda and are ready to hold them accountable next November. Democrats need to seize this opportunity by recruiting strong progressive candidates and by resisting the Tea Party's harmful agenda of Social Security and Medicare benefit cuts."
A new study released today concludes that Koch Industries and its subsidiaries stand to make as much as $100 billion in profits if the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is granted a presidential permit from U.S. President Barack Obama. The report…
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is nearing a deal on all civil mortgage-bond-related matters with the Department of Justice, a source told The Washington Post. The amount of the settlement grew from $11 billion to a record $13 billion during Friday night negotiations, but does not yet include a release of potential criminal liability for the bank. The deal will likely require J.P. Morgan to cooperate in criminal investigations of employees tied to corrupt mortgage practices.
"The tentative pact with the Department of Justice increased from an $11 billion proposal last month and would mark the largest amount paid by a financial firm in a settlement with the U.S. The deal wouldn’t release the bank from potential criminal liability, at the insistence of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, according to terms described by a person familiar with the talks, who asked not to be named because they were private.
“To not get the waiver from criminal prosecution is not good,” said Nancy Bush, a bank analyst who founded NAB Research LLC in New Jersey. “What we’re looking for in a settlement of this size is certainty from things like the criminal prosecution of a company. The Street wants certainty.”
JPMorgan Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon, 57, personally discussed the deal with Holder after markets closed Oct. 18 as the banker sought to end probes that have beset his firm and resulted in its first quarterly loss under his watch. The agreement, which isn’t yet final, includes $4 billion in relief for unspecified consumers and $9 billion in payments and fines, according to another person briefed on the terms.
The payouts would cover a $4 billion accord with the Federal Housing Finance Agency over the bank’s sale of mortgage- backed securities, that person said. The deal, which may be announced next week, also resolves pending inquiries by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the people said."
Former Vice President Dick Cheney told 60 Minutes, in an interview broadcast on Sunday, that he disabled his defibrillator's wireless function out of fear that terrorists might send his heart a fatal shock. "I was aware of the danger...that existed...I found it credible," Cheney says. "I know from the experience we had and the necessity for adjusting my own device, that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible." He also reveals that he saw an episode of Homeland several years later where that very terrorist plot was used. Cheney suffered five heart attacks and underwent a quadruple bypass operation, but insists that the stresses of being vice president did not contribute to his health woes.
Also revealed, On March 28, 2001, just 67 days after taking office, Vice President Dick Cheney delivered a letter of resignation to President Bush. In light of his poor health, and realizing there was no contitutional provision to replace an incapacitated vice president, Cheney took the preemptive step by drafting a "pending" resignation. Bush was "a little surprised. But he thought it was a good idea," the controversial former vice president said during his interview with Sanjay Gupta on Sunday's "60 Minutes."
Cheney and his doctor, cardiologist Jonathan Reiner, are promoting their co-authored book, “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey.”
While you were sleeping: These time-lapse videos showcasing images from South Dakota's vast night sky were not created by a film crew, but by a farmer and his trusty camera.
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