Monday December 22, 2014

Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Jonathan Gruber: I’m not ‘the architect’ of Obamacare

“I was not the ‘architect’ of President Obama’s health care plan,” the Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist told the House Oversight committee. Jonathan Gruber repeatedly apologized and dismissed as “mean,” “glib” and “arrogant” a series of controversial remarks about the passage of Obamacare and the “stupidity” of the American voter.  More…

Congressional Republicans to grill Obamacare consultant at hearing

Republicans in the U.S. Congress plan to renew their attacks on President Barack Obama and his signature healthcare plan on Tuesday when they grill a consultant who said "the stupidity of the American voter" helped ensure the law’s passage.  More…

Half of Senators who voted for Obamacare won’t be part of new Senate

On Dec. 24, 2009, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed President Obama’s healthcare law with a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority, triggering a massive backlash that propelled Republicans to control of the House the following year. After the Democratic losses on Nov. 4 and Saturday’s defeat of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., the number has risen to 30. In other words, half of the Senators who voted for Obamacare will not be part of the new Senate.  More…

Students slam Michelle O over skimpy school lunches

While school districts can be blamed for the pitiful preparation of meals, the skimpy portions are due solely to the federal regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Student Alex Rayonec posted a photo of what appeared to be refried beans and wrote, “I’ve seen more appetizing things on the side of the road.”  More…

America is now No. 2: China is World’s Largest Economy

America is no longer No. 1. Today, we’re No. 2. Yes, it’s official. The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet. It just happened — and almost nobody noticed.  More…

White students told not to take part in Ferguson ‘die-in’

Organizers of a recent Ferguson protest at the University of Missouri requested “only people of color” take part in the event’s “die-in,” one element of a larger demonstration that prompted at least two classes to be shelved so students could participate.  More…

Police condemn Rams display in support of Mike Brown

The St. Louis Police Officers Association has released a statement condemning the St. Louis Rams football players who entered the field displaying the "hands up don’t shoot" pose. A spokesman for the St. Louis Rams says the team was unaware of the demonstration before the game.  More…

Obama and Al Sharpton join forces in civil rights meeting at White House

President Barack Obama will meet with controversial black pastor and MSNBC host Al Sharpton on Monday at the White House, as part of a jam-packed day with three separate meetings to discuss the deteriorating situation in Ferguson, Missouri. His administration is considering pushing a new torrent of public messages about the death of a young black man at the hands of a white police officer.  More…

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Bashes The Media’s ‘BS’ Coverage Of Ferguson

Joe Scarborough said that Brown’s case was not the ideal example. He cited Brown allegedly robbing a convenience store before his fatal encounter with Wilson. "There are so many great people to embrace as heroes in the black community that deciding you’re going to embrace a guy who knocked over a convenience store, and then according to grand jury testimony, acted in ways that would get My children shot … that’s your hero?”  More…

GOP staffer says Sasha, Malia Obama dressed for bar

Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), blasted the First Daughters on Facebook for their ‘classless’ attitudes during the presidential Thanksgiving address on national television. ‘Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar,’ she wrote. Lauten apologized and has since resigned.  More…

Rupert Murdoch Defends Moses Movie Casting: “Since When Are Egyptians Not White?”

Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter tonight to defend 20th Century Fox’s new movie “Exodus” that casts Christian Bale as Moses, and a variety of white actors as Egyptians.  More…

UC Davis Economics Professor: There Is No American Dream

A UC Davis economics professor has determined there is no American Dream. Gregory Clark is sharing his research as a hard truth with no hope—whether or not you can get ahead in America is as predictable as any formula. In fact, he says, “America has no higher rate of social mobility than medieval England, Or pre-industrial Sweden,” he said. “That’s the most difficult part because it is shattering people’s dreams.”  More…