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  1. rikyrah says:

    MarketWatch ✔ @MarketWatch

    UnitedHealth to expand Obamacare reach from 4 to 24 states for 2015 http://on.mktw.net/1oZ5IRg
    12:10 PM – 22 Aug 2014

  2. rikyrah says:

    Morning Plum: Mitch McConnell and the party of maximum deportations

    By Greg Sargent July 11
    Could the political war over the current crisis of young migrants at the border become a big issue in the hard-fought Senate races? Here’s one place to look for a clue: The Kentucky Senate contest, where the candidates are now skirmishing over it.

    Mitch McConnell’s operatives are drawing attention to a local newscast showing Dem candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaking to Kentucky reporters. Grimes is asked whether she supports Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to address the crisis with expedited removals and more care for migrating children. She sidesteps that question, but hits McConnell for failing to support broader reform, and reiterates that she’s “for securing our borders and making sure that we give an earned pathway to citizenship.”

    McConnell’s team is pillorying her for dodging the question, and it seems clear she’ll need a better answer to it. But if this battle continues, you may see McConnell dodging another consequential question at the core of this issue.

    McConnell has criticized Obama’s funding request, arguing that it constitutes giving him a “blank check” (this is false) to continue his “current failed policies.” This raises a question: Which policies is McConnell talking about?


  3. rikyrah says:

    Obamacare Legal Foe Showed True Colors In 2010: ‘This Bastard Has To Be Killed’
    By DYLAN SCOTT PublishedAUGUST 22, 2014, 10:39 AM

    A recently surfaced 2010 quote from one of the major funders behind the latest legal challenge to Obamacare perfectly encapsulates the ends-justify-the-means ethos that is driving the litigation.

    The Competitive Enterprise Institute is helping to pay for the lawsuit, Halbig v. Burwell, which seeks to invalidate Obamacare’s tax subsidies being offered on the federal health insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov. In 2010, CEI chairman Michael Greve made plain that anythingshould be done to stop the law. “I do not care how it’s done,” he said at the time. “I don’t care who does it.”

    Here is what Greve said at a 2010 conference hosted by the conservative American Enterprise Institute, where Greve is an adjunct scholar, as The New York Times’s Linda Greenhousereported this week:

    “This bastard has to be killed as a matter of political hygiene. I do not care how this is done, whether it’s dismembered, whether we drive a stake through its heart, whether we tar and feather it and drive it out of town, whether we strangle it. I don’t care who does it, whether it’s some court some place, or the United States Congress. Any which way, any dollar spent on that goal is worth spending, any brief filed toward that end is worth filing, any speech or panel contribution toward that end is of service to the United States.”


  4. rikyrah says:

    McDonnell’s betrayal of his wife is anything but moral
    By Petula Dvorak August 21 at 2:34 PM

    Gov. Bob McDonnell has, apparently, mistaken Judge James R. Spencer for his marriage counselor.

    The former governor of Virginia seems to have forgotten he is on trial for public corruption and is busy ticking off the slights, arguments, miscommunications, huffs and petty scorekeeping of his marriage before the Richmond jury and the ever-patient Judge Spencer as though they were all there to witness his couples counseling sessions.

    On Thursday, McDonnell (R) proclaimed that his decision to drag his marriage through the mud was a tough one. “It’s going to be very, very difficult,” McDonnell testified, his voice growing almost inaudible. “It’s going to be hard for me to talk about.”


  5. Ametia says:

    Robert McDonnell throws his wife under the bus at trial
    By Eugene Robinson Opinion writer August 21 at 8:03 PM

    How far would you go to stay out of jail? Would you publicly humiliate your wife of 38 years, portraying her as some kind of shrieking harridan? Would you put the innermost secrets of your marriage on display, inviting voyeurs to rummage at will?

    For Robert McDonnell, the former Virginia governor on trial for alleged corruption, the answers appear to be: “As far as necessary,” “Hey, why not?” and “Sounds like a plan.”


  6. Ametia says:

    House Candidate Called Female Senators “Undeserving Bimbos in Tennis Shoes”
    Jim Hagedorn’s old blog, “Mr. Conservative,” is a ticking time bomb.

    Republican congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn could face a major obstacle in his race to unseat Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz: conservative blogger Jim Hagedorn.

    Hagedorn, the son of retired congressman Tom Hagedorn, was a surprise victor in last Tuesday’s GOP primary. But he brings some serious baggage to his race against Walz, a four-term incumbent. In posts from his old blog, Mr. Conservative, unearthed by the now-defunct Minnesota Independent, Hagedorn made light of American Indians, President Obama’s Kenyan ancestry, and female Supreme Court justices, among others, in ways many voters won’t appreciate.


  7. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! TGIF.

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