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|Next up: Obamacare worst-case scenario?|
There is a long way to go before up to 5 million people with canceled policies get new coverage.
Improving economy defies Washington, for now
Reports show a better economic situation, but analysts say to hold the celebrations for now.
Hill staffers face enrollment snags
They have to sign up on DC Health Link to maintain the government's contribution.
Emails: Officials held back on small-biz ACA delay
Key officials decided in mid-August to delay enrollment but didn't announce until over a month later.
Unemployment rate hits five-year low
The economy added 203,000 jobs in November while the unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent.
CMS gives early numbers on health file errors
The spokeswoman says that the current error rate marks a substantial improvement.
Carter: W.H. fixes mental health gap
She says the health insurance rule corrects "one of the greatest disappointments" of her life.
Limbaugh hits Mandela-Obama link
He says the White House, along with the media, "is in on" making Mandela's death all about Obama.
Unemployment benefits loom in budget talks
The top Democratic negotiator wants to extend unemployment benefits in the emerging fiscal deal.
Obama: Mandela inspired from afar
"I will do what I can to learn from him."
Scam targets D.C. Health Link
Some are redirected to a nearly identical site.
Santorum ties Obamacare, Mandela
He links the law to the injustices the former South African president fought.
Fox News Politics
|Daughters of activists imprisoned in China call on White House for help|
The hearing before the House subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations came as Vice President Biden closed a two-day trip to Beijing as part of a tour through three Asian countries.
Rough ride for US-Russia helicopter deal
The deal looked sketchy from the start.
US intelligence adviser resigns after work with Chinese firm revealed
A longtime adviser to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has resigned after the government learned he has worked since 2010 as a paid consultant for Huawei Technologies Ltd., the Chinese technology company the U.S. has condemned as an espionage threat, The Associated Press has learned.
Emails show feds knew months ago ObamaCare site headed for delay
Newly released emails show officials designing the main ObamaCare exchange knew as early as August that the website catering to small businesses might have to be delayed -- though the administration did not announce the delay until shortly before the Oct. 1 launch.
ObamaCare exchange errors, \'scam\' frustrate congressional staffers
Congressional lawmakers and staff are getting a hard lesson in the problems with the ObamaCare websites, as they run up against long wait times, technical failures and security issues with the D.C. exchange.
6-term Mississippi senator to seek re-election
An aide to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi says the lawmaker will run for re-election.
Obama, first lady to travel to South Africa to honor Mandela
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa next week for memorial services honoring Nelson Mandela, the White House said Friday.
Georgia candidate attempts Van Damme truck stunt in campaign ad
Some people watched Jean Claude Van Damme's epic split between two Volvo trucks and gawked in amazement at his flexibility.
?Lead from the back ? and let others believe they are in front?
The world remembers the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013.
Regulation Nation: Gov\'t regs estimated to pound private sector with $1.8T in costs
A new report on the government's regulatory actions was released just before Thanksgiving, and it contains more than 3,300 rules -- which the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) estimates will, together with other regulations, cost more than $1.8 trillion to implement on an annual basis.
|Marco Rubio\'s PAC and U.S. Chamber Follow Through With $747K in Ad Buys|
Two organizations that announced they would be making early independent expenditures for 2014 candidates have followed through and reported spending $747,469 in the last two days on independent expenditure advertisements.
Capitol Hill Feels Pains of Obamacare Sign-Up Troubles
Members of Congress who have gone along with the idea that they should get insurance through Obamacare's system of exchanges are getting a stronger dose of medicine than they bargained for.
Dolcezza Gelato Tasting Room\'s Grand Opening
The latest entry in the turnaround of the Brentwood/Ivy City area will include a spot to taste gelato and coffee, surely two of the greatest human creations to grace the planet. Seriously, could anyone have foreseen 10 years ago that a gelato joint would take up residence in this neighborhood?
Nita Lowey, Carrying the Banner for Appropriations
Since being named to the bicameral budget conference committee this fall, New York Democrat Nita M. Lowey has used her position on the 29-member panel to push the concerns of not only Democrats but appropriators from both sides of the aisle.
Second Richest Member Bemoans Health Care Costs (Video)
Turns out Americans without employer-based health insurance might not be the only ones hit with higher insurance premiums.
Phishing Scam Reported for DC Health Link
Congressional members and staff need to be on the lookout for a phishing scam as they seek to sign up for health insurance through the DC Health Link portal.
Cochran Faces Toughest Test in 30 Years
In one of the last red-state bastions of appreciation for appropriations, Sen. Thad Cochran's decision to seek re-election sets up a unique test for hard-line conservative groups that have targeted incumbents over the past few cycles.
Virtual Currency Section 527 Organization Registers
The development of various forms of virtual currency is a growing topic from China to the United States, and some individuals have started a group to support political activities that promote competitive forms of currency.
This Year\'s Most Beautiful Christmas Card
The parade of self-styled holiday greetings has officially begun. And we dare suggest that the first vanity project to cross our desk may very well win the entire season.
Calendar: A Guide to Capital Cold-Weather Survival
Eat, read, drink and watch movies. Sounds like a pretty good week.
|Federal Eye: OPM updates severe-weather guidelines for federal offices|
The Office of Personnel Management this week updated its closure and dismissal policies for D.C. area federal offices, tweaking its language on delayed arrivals and urging agencies to ensure that more employees telework during severe weather days. Read full article >>
Obamas, Bushes to travel to South Africa for Mandela funeral
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, will travel to South Africa next week to honor Nelson Mandela, the White House said Friday morning, and will be accompanied by former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura. Read full article >>
Capitol Hill denizens get crash course in signing up under new health-care law
Room 216 in the Hart Senate Office Building is usually the venue reserved for Supreme Court confirmation hearings and other high-profile televised grillings of government witnesses. But this week it was transformed into a health-care help center for congressional staffers confronting the reality of the Affordable Care Act. Read full article >>
The Fix: Political Harmony
Bob Schneider on hitting rock bottom. And what comes next. Read full article >>
Gabrielle Giffords shutters campaign committee
Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) has closed her congressional campaign committee and transferred the remaining funds to her political action committee. Giffords was considered a potential future candidate for higher office when she sustained a serious brain injury in a January 2011 shooting at a grocery store in Tucson. Even after the shooting and despite an arduous and still-continuing recovery process, some thought she could eventually run for Senate. Read full article >>
The Fix: Prove Me Wrong: Black voters are out of reach for GOP
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, an all-but-announced 2016 presidential candidate, traveled to Detroit today to visit an African American voter outreach center opened by the state's Republican party and to address the Detroit Economic Club on Friday. Paul has made courting African American voters a priority over the past year, an effort that includes delivering a speech this spring at Howard University. Read full article >>
GovBeat: Boeing?s 777X wish list revealed
In search of a new home for its latest long-range aircraft, Boeing is looking for land, transportation access and a huge factory -- along with plenty of tax breaks. That?s according to the company?s request for proposal, or RFP, which it sent out to at least a dozen states across the country. Boeing is keeping its wish list private, limiting access to the RFP to governors? offices and asking those offices to sign non-disclosure agreements, but at least one copy leaked out, to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Read full article >>
Federal Eye: Federal workforce shrinks even as overall jobs picture improves
The federal government has fared worse than the overall economy this year in terms of employment, losing workers while other sectors ticked upward, according to government data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday. Read full article >>
The Fix: The Fix?s top 10 Senate races of 2014
With just under a year until Election Day 2014, the Republican path to a Senate majority still runs mainly through red states currently controlled by Democrats. The top seven contests on our new list are for Democratic-held seats in states that Mitt Romney carried in 2012. Three of them are open races with no incumbent on the ballot. Read full article >>
GovBeat: The California legislature?s approval is more than four times that of Congress
The California state legislature?s approval rating is now more than four times that of its federal counterpart. Forty percent of California voters approved of the state legislature in an early December survey, the highest such rating since mid-2007, according to the nonpartisan Field Research Corporation. The last time approval remained that high for a year was 2002 when the average annual approval was 40 percent. The turnaround in approval, which was as low as 10 percent in September 2010, mirrors a similar trend in the state?s finances. Read full article >>
New York Times Columnists (p)
The Irony of Despair
The rise in suicide rates prompts a sober confrontation of old and new questions around the will to overcome.
Obama Gets Real
With a big inequality speech, the president is finally sounding like the progressive many of his supporters thought they were backing in 2008.
Today?s Hatfields and McCoys
Old hatreds and new weaponry are creating dangers in the Pacific, and drawing in America.
Cultural War Games
Once again, social conservatives are out in force and feeling picked on over trying to protect the Christian holiday.
The President, the Pope and the People
The idea that honest work should pay an honest wage is part of the American social contract ? and one that is in danger of disintegrating.
Mommy, the Drone?s Here!
Will our chronic consumerism outweigh our rising robophobia?
Bibi and Barack, the Sequel
The prime minister of Israel and the American president are together again over the Iran talks and peace with the Palestinians.
The Asbestos Scam
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, a lifelong smoker, joins a growing trend: lung cancer victims who are suing former asbestos companies.
The Stem and the Flower
How much emotional and psychic space should politics take up in everyday life?
The Families We Invent
Well outside the usual definition of kin are bonds with as much meaning, magic and stamina.
|Afraid of Free Speech, on Many Fronts: PEN, Google, China, Goliath|
Free societies depend on free-swinging critiques, even those that are "unbalanced" or "go too far."
Justice Ginsburg: Resign Already!
With Democrats at risk of losing the Senate in 2014, the 80-year-old justice should step down now to ensure a liberal replacement.
Congress Is Close to a Budget Deal, and Everyone Already Hates It
The good news? Negotiators might be able to break longstanding gridlock. The bad news? Both parties might try to stop them.
Apartheid\'s Useful Idiots
For many years, a large swath of this country failed Nelson Mandela, failed its own alleged morality, and failed the majority of people living in South Africa.†
The Hamburglar is Back: Late-Night Comedy Roundup
Plus: Barack Obama?s dog becomes a menace, the GOP has a lady problem?and more.
How Obamacare Lost Its Soul
The president has replaced the moral case for reform with a transactional one. That's a mistake.
It Doesn\'t Matter If Most Millennials Are Skeptical of Obamacare
The exchanges don't need that many young people to sign up in order to get off to a good start.
The Social Science Behind Obama\'s Economic-Mobility Speech
Robert Putnam, of Bowling Alone fame, has been arguing since 2012 for one approach the president took yesterday.
If the NSA Could Hack Into Human Brains, Should It?
A thought experiment for the surveillance agency's former lawyer
How White Women Are Turning Against Obama\'s Healthcare Law
They was crucial to electing him?and if they remain sour on the ACA, Republicans could have a potent way to defuse Democrats' "war on women" rhetoric.
ABC News Politics
|Quarter of Early Obamacare Enrollments Had Errors|
Two and a half months after the troubled launch of HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration today disclosed the scope of problems on the website?s back-end, revealing how many Americans might not have the health insurance they think they signed up for. The Centers for Medicare and...
DC Mayor Compares Lack of Autonomy to Struggles of Mandela
WASHINGTON?D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray compared the District of Columbia?s lack of autonomy and voting rights to the struggles Nelson Mandela endured, explaining Friday that residents connect so much with the South African leader because ?we have not achieved full equality in this city.? ?When we...
GOP Old Guard vs Tea Party: Major Contest in 2014
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., seeks re-election in 2014.
Hillary Clinton Remembers Mandela as \'Giant Among Us\'
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today called Nelson Mandela ?a giant among us,? whose ?unconquerable? soul ?demonstrated unequivocally how each of us can choose how we will respond to those injustices and grievances, those sorrows and tragedies that afflict all of humankind.? ?Nelson Mandela...
Ted Cruz Criticized for Praising Nelson Mandela
While much of the world was eulogizing Nelson Mandela, some of Sen. Ted Cruz?s followers were fuming that the man who defeated South Africa?s apartheid and won the Nobel Peace Prize should be reviled as a communist and a terrorist. They were also critical of...
HealthCare.gov transactions fail 10 percent of time: official
(Reuters) - The U.S. federal health insurance website HealthCare.gov, which has had technology problems since its October 1 launch, is now experiencing errors in transmitting applications about 10 percent of the time, a government spokeswoman said on Friday. "We believe nine of 10 transactions are being successfully transmitted," the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, spokeswoman Julie Bataille said at a news briefing. Previously, Bataille has said they had fixed the majority of errors in these transactions but had not defined either the current or past rate of mistakes.
Republican links Mandela apartheid fight to Obamacare
Rick Santorum, a former and possibly future Republican presidential candidate, offered a tribute to Nelson Mandela that linked the late South African leader's fight against apartheid to the U.S. battle over Obamacare. Both struggles - one involving racial segregation and the other expansion of government as seen in President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare law - were against "great injustices," Santorum said on Fox News after Mandela's death Thursday night. "Nelson Mandela stood up against a great injustice and was willing to pay a huge price for that, and that's the reason he is mourned today, because of that struggle that he performed," the former Pennsylvania senator said on Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor." "And I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people's lives, and Obamacare is front and center in that." Santorum, a champion of the Christian right and family values, presented himself as a conservative alternative to Mitt Romney in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries.
Top Democrats seek intelligence briefings, report on Iran
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leaders of three U.S. Senate committees asked intelligence officials on Friday for regular briefings on whether Iran is complying with an interim agreement to rein in its nuclear program, as Congress weighs whether to impose a new round of sanctions on Tehran. President Barack Obama's administration has urged lawmakers not to impose more sanctions during negotiations over Iran's disputed nuclear program, saying it could alienate both the Islamic Republic and other countries involved in the talks by making Washington appear to be acting in bad faith.
Hagel reassures Gulf allies U.S. committed to regional security
By David Alexander MANAMA (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel toured a U.S. warship in the Gulf on Friday and declared Washington's commitment to Middle East security, despite policy differences over Iran and Syria that have angered Gulf allies. His visit to Bahrain, in which he will speak at the Manama Dialogue security conference, comes at a time of regional unease over President Barack Obama's policies - ranging from the cautious U.S. response to Syria's civil war to the six world powers' interim deal with Iran on its nuclear program. The ship he toured, the USS Ponce, part of the U.S. Fifth Fleet, is to be equipped in 2014 with a new laser weapon designed to deter aircraft and missiles as well as attacks by swarms of small boats like those used by Iran, on the opposite side of the Gulf.
White House says open to finding budget offsets for benefits extension
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is open to finding a way to offset the budgetary costs of extending emergency jobless benefits, a top official said on Friday. White House economic adviser Jason Furman said economists generally believe programs like emergency jobless benefits need not be funded by making cuts to other programs or through revenue hikes. "But certainly if what Congress wants to do is pay for it, that's something that we could work with them on," Furman told Reuters in an interview. Emergency jobless benefits for 1. ...
Tough market: 20,000 applicants for only 400 jobs ? at Ikea
Like many countries around the world, Spain has been hit hard by recessionary conditions in recent years, and its unemployment rate currently stands above 25 percent, more than three times that of the United States.
Hillary? Biden? They?d both be great, Obama says
There may come a day when President Barack Obama has to say whether he?d rather hand the keys to the White House to Vice President Joe Biden or former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. That day is not today.
White House reverses course, says Obama lived with Kenyan uncle
The White House acknowledged Thursday that President Barack Obama lived with a Kenyan uncle targeted for deportation ? after initially saying there was no evidence they had ever met.
De Blasio picks William Bratton as New York\'s top cop
In the most highly anticipated pick of his new administration, the incoming New York City mayor picked a veteran law enforcement official as police commissioner.
Harry Reid exempts some of his Senate staff from Obamacare exchanges
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges.
|White House sidesteps talk of raising minimum wage with executive order|
Some Dems have pushed for an executive order to raise minimum wage for federal contractors.
Obamas to attend Mandela memorial
President Obama and Michelle Obama will be in South Africa next week to honor Mandela.
Boehner hire alarms foes of ?amnesty?
For some opponents of an immigration overhaul, the hire is seen as cause for alarm.
House Dems rip Obama on deportations
The lawmakers want the administration to expand its deferred action program to adults.
Republican men need more sensitivity on women\'s issues, Boehner says
?We?re trying to get them to be a little more sensitive,? the Speaker said.
Boehner: No budget, farm bill deals yet
At news conference, Speaker downplayed the likelihood of imminent agreements.
Controversial Toronto mayor slams O-Care
Rob Ford said the healthcare law is "costing a fortune," and Canada can't afford its program.
Chamber of Commerce launches ads for establishment Republicans
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads for three Republicans preferred by the establishment, including Rep. Mike Simpson (R...
WH-DSCC ObamaCare powwow
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough held an unpublicized meeting with DSCC chairman.
Treasured tax breaks set to expire
Congressional tax writers put K Street on notice that tax breaks won?t be renewed.
Real Clear Politics
|Remembering an Icon of Freedom|
Richard Stengel, TimeNelson Mandela was always uncomfortable talking about his own death. But not because he was afraid or in doubt. He was uncomfortable because he understood that people wanted him to offer homilies about death and he had none to give. He was an utterly unsentimental man. I once asked him about his mortality while we were out walking one morning in the Transkei, the remote area of South Africa where he was born. He looked around at the green and tranquil landscape and said something about how he would be joining his Âancestors.Â ÂMen come and men go,Â he later said. ÂI have come and I...
My Meetings With Nelson Mandela
Juan Williams, Wall Street JournalWhen Nelson Mandela was released from his 27-year imprisonment in South Africa in February 1990, hundreds of journalists from around the world descended on Soweto, desperate for an interview. I was among them, and the staff that had quickly formed around Mandela rebuffed me as they did almost everyone else. But then came a lucky break: It turned out that Mandela had read my book on the U.S. civil-rights movement while he was in prison, and through his friends I was able to get in to see him.An interview was going to be difficult to execute. Mandela, the international symbol of resistance to...
Next Up: Obamacare Worst-Case Scenario?
David Nather, PoliticoEnrollment surge or no enrollment surge, the next Obamacare challenge is a big one: How will the White House make sure all those people with canceled policies get new coverage by Jan. 1?At the rate the signups are going — even with the speedier, newly functioning Obamacare website — the administration has a vast distance to travel before the estimated 4 to 5 million people with canceled policies get new health coverage.
Kentucky\'s Democrat Whisperer
Jill Lawrence, The Daily BeastOf all the states you might have expected to pull off an exemplary Affordable Care Act rollout led by a passionate governor, Kentucky was not the one. It is best known for bourbon and horse-racing, Republican senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, coal mining. and Appalachian poverty. The improbability of Kentucky’s Obamacare success is a key factor in why Gov. Steve Beshear has emerged as what you might call the Democrat whisperer. Reassurances and success stories mean a lot when they’re coming from a Southern Democrat who took on McConnell, Paul, and Kentucky’s...
The Unworkable Health Care Law
Peter Suderman, ReasonIn October, when it became clear that Obamacare's online enrollment system wasn't functioning, President Obama gave a speech in which he told people who wanted to sign up to contact call centers instead, or fill out pen and paper applications.
Perspective on the Latest Freak-Out
Jonathan Cohn, The New RepublicThese days it seems like everybody following Obamacare is talking about the 834s. Those are the personal data files that healthcare.gov sends insurance companies, in order to notify them of new enrollees. The data has been prone to errors and that's a real problem. You can't get new coverage if the insurer doesn't have some basic information about you—your full name, Social Security number, and so on. Prevalent errors could lead to disarray in the new year. On January 1, some people who completed the enrollment process through healthcare.gov could show up at a pharmacy, physician...
Washington Is Busy, But It\'s Not Productive
Ed Rogers, Washington PostThe latest issue of Politico magazine includes a story that shocked even me. The piece reports that President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had “zero” one-on-one meetings between July 12, 2010 and November 30, 2013.
Mandela: Honored Now, Hated Then
Peter Beinart, The Daily BeastIn the 1980s, Ronald Reagan placed MandelaÂs African National Congress on
I Was Wrong About Mandela
Deroy Murdock, National Review OnlineMy friend James Deciuttis once asked me very directly, “Are you ever wrong?” It was not asked with bile, but very straightforwardly, as if asking if I ever had visited Spain. I told James that if he referred to my writing, speaking, and political activism, I have made many bad calls and misjudgments. I can look forward to a brand-new year of them in just 28 days. In one particular case, however, I really blew it very, very, very badly. But I was not alone.
What We Owe Our Kids on Climate
James Hansen, CNN(CNN) -- Science has brought us incredible gifts: life-saving vaccines and clean water, air travel and instant communication.Modern life is built upon the knowledge that the scientific community has gathered and that society -- markets, governments, workers -- put to use. We have our ancestors to thank.But will our descendants thank us? Have we put to good use the knowledge we are gaining today to help those who will come after us?
|Obama urges young supporters to talk up Obamacare|
President Barack Obama on Wednesday gets the chance to address younger Americans, a key demographic for the success of the health care exchanges set up under his signature reforms.
U.S. citizen killed in Libya, State Department official says
American teacher Ronnie Smith has died in Benghazi, according to the Facebook page of the international school where he worked. Earlier, the U.S. State Department confirmed that a U.S. citizen had been shot and killed in the Libyan city.
First dog Sunny overwhelms little girl
A young girl took a tumble as she was greeted by one of the first dogs, Sunny, at a White House Christmas ceremony.
D.C. could still screw up your holidays
Washington has started an unpopular tradition: wreaking havoc with the holidays. And it's possible it could happen again this year.
Inside the real \'Alpha House\'
Peeling paint. Broken blinds. A chair made settable with a board. And there's the pile of underwear in the living room.
Biggest campaign moments of 2013
With two big governor's races, a handful of congressional elections and a mayoral race in New York City, there was plenty of action to keep campaign junkies occupied this year.
2013: Sanford finds redemption, Weiner doesn\'t
From the return of Mark Sanford to Weiner's failed comeback attempt, 2013 was action packed.
GOP\'s women problem
GOP leaders are taking steps to deal with a self-inflicted wound stemming in part from some high-profile gaffes from GOP Senate candidates in 2012.
Obama remembers Mandela
President Obama remembers former South African President Nelson Mandela who has died at the age of 95.
2013: Biggest campaign moments
With two big governor's races, a handful of congressional elections and a mayoral race in New York City, there was plenty of action to keep campaign junkies occupied this year.
|Rand Paul Tries to Persuade Wife on 2016 Run|
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who's made no secret of his interest in a possible GOP presidential run in 2016, said Thursday he has to first persuade his apprehensive wife before tossing his hat in the ring.
Ted Cruz Vindicated by Shaky Obamcare Rollout
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who lead the effort to shutdown the government to prevent Obamacare from being implemented, said that the troubles that have faced the new healthcare law since HealthCare.gov was unveiled have left him feeling vindicated.
Tea Partyers Press Palin for Alaska Senate Run
A campaign by a leading tea party group is underway to convince former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to run for Senate, believing she's the GOP's best chance of unseating incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in the midterm elections next year.
Sen. Thad Cochran, 75, Seeks 7th Term Representing Miss.
Ending growing speculation he was about to throw in the towel, Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, a six-term Republican, revealed Friday he will seek a seventh term. "I'm comfortable with my decision," Cochran, 75, told the Gannett Washington Bureau.
Huckabee Looks to 2016 With Pastors and Pews Speech
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is taking a step closer to seeking the GOP presidential nomination for 2016 by becoming the headline speaker at a meeting of conservative pastors. Huckabee appears to be laying the groundwork for another White House run by attending the...
Two GOP Support Groups Battle over Tea Party Candidates
The Club for Growth has warned that efforts by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to elect establishment Republicans against tea party candidates could ultimately backfire for GOP at the ballot box.
Scott Brown Forgets He\'s in New Hampshire
Scott Brown, the Republican former senator from Massachusetts who might run for the Senate from New Hampshire in 2014, seemed to forget he was in the Granite State during an interview after a dinner with a local Republican group.
Rep. Kinzinger: French Opposition Leader Says Iran Deal \'Terrible\'
Jean-Francois Cope, the leader of the main opposition party in France, met privately during his visit to Washington with several Republican House members to discuss Iran, taking sides with the most vigorous foes of trusting the Islamic regime, Newsmax has...
Sen. Ron Johnson: Reinsurance Tax Exemption \'Payback\' to Unions
President Barack Obama's plan to exempt self-insured groups from the reinsurance tax is a payback to unions who supported Obamacare, says Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.
Obama: History Will View Biden as \'One of Best\' Vice Presidents Ever
President Barack Obama predicts that gaffe-prone Vice President Joe Biden "will go down as in history as one of the best vice presidents ever." "And he has been with me, at my side, in every tough decision that I've made ? from going after (Osama) bin Laden to dealing with the...
Krauthammer: Harry Reid \'Trying on Tinfoil Hat\' in Obamacare Defense
As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., continued defending President Barack Obama's keep-your-plan healthcare promise on a local TV station, Fox News pundits were not convinced.
Rep. Kingston: GOP Doesn\'t Need \'Marketing Plan\' to Appeal to Women
Republicans don't need a marketing plan to appeal to women, despite House Speaker John Boehner's declaration that men in Congress aren't as sensitive as they ought to be according to Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia.
|Mississippi Republican Senator Cochran to seek seventh term|
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi announced on Friday that he will run for re-election next year, ending speculation that one of the longest serving Republicans was ready to retire and avoid a Tea Party-backed primary challenge.
HealthCare.gov transactions fail 10 percent of time: official
(Reuters) - The U.S. federal health insurance website HealthCare.gov, which has had technology problems since its October 1 launch, is now experiencing errors in transmitting applications about 10 percent of the time, a government spokeswoman said on Friday.
Hagel reassures Gulf allies U.S. committed to regional security
MANAMA (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel toured a U.S. warship in the Gulf on Friday and declared Washington's commitment to Middle East security, despite policy differences over Iran and Syria that have angered Gulf allies.
Republican links Mandela apartheid fight to Obamacare
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rick Santorum, a former and possibly future Republican presidential candidate, offered a tribute to Nelson Mandela that linked the late South African leader's fight against apartheid to the U.S. battle over Obamacare.
Top Democrats seek intelligence briefings, report on Iran
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leaders of three U.S. Senate committees asked intelligence officials on Friday for regular briefings on whether Iran is complying with an interim agreement to rein in its nuclear program, as Congress weighs whether to impose a new round of sanctions on Tehran.
Pentagon approves $1.1 billion Raytheon missile sale to Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has approved the sale of more than 15,000 Raytheon Co anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia under two separate deals valued at nearly $1.1 billion.
White House says open to finding budget offsets for benefits extension
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is open to finding a way to offset the budgetary costs of extending emergency jobless benefits, a top official said on Friday.
U.S. assures Israel that core Iran sanctions still in place
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that core sanctions against Iran would remain in place despite its interim nuclear deal with world powers.
U.S. VP Biden says no tolerance for nuclear arms in N.Korea
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday that North Korea would never achieve prosperity as long as it continued to pursue nuclear arms, but added Washington remained open to dialogue if Pyongyang can show its willingness to honor its commitments.
U.S. lawmaker urges continuation of Boeing F/A-18 fighter line
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Randy Forbes, a key member of the House Armed Services Committee, on Thursday urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to rethink the U.S. Navy's current plan to allow Boeing Co's F/A-18 fighter jet production to close in 2016.
New York Times Politics
|Health Law Eases Some Worries but Creates Others|
The anxiety and the promise of revamping the health insurance system has left thousands of people in North Carolina struggling to sort out their options.
Think Back: Let\'s Make a Deal
As President Obama seeks common ground with Republicans, The Times?s Sam Tanenhaus looks at major deals Democratic presidents and conservative legislators have reached.
Challenged by Tea Party, Veteran Mississippi Senator Decides to Run for Seventh Term
Many thought Thad Cochran was going to retire after 34 years in the Senate, but now Mississippi faces a tough Republican primary for his seat.
Listening Post: No Stranger to Asia, Biden Deploys Political Experience
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. honed his political instincts over the decades, and they came in handy on a trip to Asia this week.
Hagel Seeks to Assure Gulf Allies of U.S. Commitment
The defense secretary, visiting the Fifth Fleet base, said the United States would not reduce deployments designed to deter Iran?s regional ambitions.
China Pressures U.S. Journalists, Prompting Warning From Biden
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. raised the issue as Beijing withholds accreditation for journalists from The New York Times and Bloomberg.
House and Senate Are Near Deal to Speed Trade Pact
Lawmakers are nearing an agreement that would ?fast-track? the sweeping trade deal the Obama administration is negotiating with a dozen Pacific nations.
House Bill Raises Bar for Suits Over Patents
The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill protecting technology companies and their customers from nuisance patent-infringement lawsuits.
Obama?s Path Was Shaped by Mandela?s Story
President Obama recalled that his public career began at an anti-apartheid rally in 1979, imbued with the hope Nelson Mandela had generated.
Kerry, Seeking to Nudge Along Peace Talks, Offers Netanyahu Ideas on Security
Secretary of State John Kerry discussed security arrangements that could be put in place in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, a move that seemed to signify a more active American role in Israeli-Palestinian talks.
Christian Science Monitor
|Poverty plays role in ho-hum global ranking of US students, educator says|
'Things like poverty ... really matter,' Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, says in assessing results of international student achievement tests. To do better, the US needs to value public education more, she adds.
Milk for $7 a gallon? Farm bill impasse could send US off \'dairy cliff.\'
Food stamps and subsidies for farmers are two of the sticking points as Congress negotiates the farm bill. If something isn?t done by next week, it will revert to the original 1930s 'farm law' on New Year?s Day.
Teachers union chief offers four steps to boost US results on PISA test
At a Monitor-hosted breakfast, Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.5-million-member American Federation of Teachers, said the US could look to other countries for ways to improve the lackluster performance on the PISA test.
Poll: Millennials turn on Obama, don\'t like Obamacare, either
President Obama's approval rating among Americans age 18 to 29 ? so-called Millennials ? is at an all-time low, with nearly half saying they'd recall him. They're down on Washington, in general.
Obama \'crossed the constitutional line,\' House panel is told (+audio)
Two constitutional law professors told the House Judiciary Committee that President Obama exceeded his authority with unilateral actions on immigration and Obamacare enforcement.
Gov. Scott Walker\'s position on abortion: \'I don\'t obsess with it\'
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, says the Republican Party needs to position itself as a party of optimism, and he doesn't let his anti-abortion position define him.
|NY Fast Food Strike: A Roving Band with Minders|
Opinion: Unbeaten Ohio State Deserves to Be in BCS Title Game
Mandela Brought Africa First World Cup, Made Last Public Appearance for S. Africa During \'10 Final
IRS: Audits of ObamaCare Critics Just a Coincidence
WH Claims Obama \'Regularly\' Meets with Sebelius Off the Record
Can We Trust The New Unemployment Numbers After Census Faked 2012 Jobs Report?
Schweizer: Ignorance No Excuse for \'Colossal\' Obamacare Failure
Chris Matthews Argues Republicans, Mitch McConnell are Worse than Apartheid
Sorry, Jesse Jackson: South Africa Has Photo ID Voting
Sensenbrenner: Obama\'s Intel Czar Should Be Fired And Prosecuted For Lying To Congress
A White South African Who Left in Protest Remembers Mandela
Band Dedicates Bomb-Related Song to Boston, Apologizes Via Facebook
\'Don\'t Worry About the Price Tag\' Song Wins Obamacare Video Contest
Ignorant Chris Matthews Says GOP Worse than Apartheid Leaders
Police: Mother \'Strong Suspect\' in Racist Graffiti Case
Paul Ryan Increasing Power in House
Man Arrested For Allegedly Nabbing Porsche Part After Paul Walker Crash
Stop \'Question\' and Frisk Pits NYC Mayor Elect De Blasio\'s Campaign Promise Against Reality
Young American Sings Arabic Music On Arabs Got Talent
UK Floods Force Thousands to Evacuate
|Obama Job Approval - Disapprove 51%, Approve 42% (Gallup 12/3-12/5)|
Colorado: Obama Job Approval - Disapprove 54%, Approve 43% (Public Policy Polling 12/3-12/4)
Obama Job Approval - Disapprove 55%, Approve 42% (Rasmussen Reports 12/3-12/5)
Obama Job Approval - Disapprove 51%, Approve 42% (Gallup 12/2-12/4)
2014 California Gubernatorial Primary - Brown 52%, Maldonado 11% (The Field Poll 11/15-12/3)
2014 National House Race - Republican 43%, Democrat 38% (Rasmussen Reports 11/25-12/1)
US Right Direction Wrong Track - Wrong Track 67%, Right Direction 25% (Rasmussen Reports 11/25-12/1)
Obama Job Approval - Disapprove 54%, Approve 43% (Rasmussen Reports 12/2-12/4)
2014 National House Race - Democrat 38%, Republican 30% (YouGov/Economist 11/30-12/2)
Obama Job Approval - Disapprove 51%, Approve 41% (Gallup 12/1-12/3)
|Consumer Finance Needs Better Morals by Froma Harrop|
66% Prefer ?Merry Christmas? Over ?Happy Holidays?
34% Think Gays Good for Military, 31% Disagree
Looking Back: 68% Viewed Mandela Favorably
Obamacare\'s Architects Plugged Their Ears and Misled Public By Michael Barone
52% View China As Long-Term Threat to U.S.
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
25% Think Economy is Getting Better, 50% Think Worse
43% Expect To Earn More A Year From Now
19% Say Bad Economy is Making Them Use Credit Cards More
Special Report with Bret Baier
Thanks for the shout out!
|Poll: Millenials now trust GOP would handle health care better than Obama|
Senate Dems win vote to change filibuster rules invoking "nuclear option"
Outrage Over Sandy Hook Shooting Video Game
Senator Saxby Chambliss on Special Report!
Batkid: How a town pulled together to make a wish come true
Georgetown students debate the Religious Right\'s impact on the GOP
Talking Points Memo
|South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Mandela|
Justice and the Sword
GOP Seeks To End Emergency Unemployment Benefits
Police Block Mexico Hospital, 6 May Have Radiation Exposure
Nullifiers Have A Plan To Stop The NSA: Turn Off Its Water Supply
Federal Railroad Administration Bolsters Safeguards On Train Speed After Crash
Meet the Mandela RINOs
Meet The Mandela RINOs: Republicans Who Lost Their R-Card For Praising Mandela
Cochran Faces Bruising Primary Against GOPer With Neo-Confederate Ties
Hillary Clinton On Mandela: We\'ve Lost \'A Giant Among Us\'
|Newly ?plant-based? Beyonce wears fur to a vegan restuarant|
Brian is returning to ?Family Guy?
Wikileaks reveals failed plans to suppress anti-Keystone activists
What the latest fight about healthy food is missing
Rush Limbaugh uses Nelson Mandela?s death to denounce the American civil rights movement
Amazon, Applebee?s and Google?s job-crushing drones and robot armies: They?re coming for your job next
How the right tried to ruin Nelson Mandela
BP executive says she was fired for wearing ?ethnic clothing and ethnic hairstyles?
U.S. to issue eagle-killing permits to wind industry
Conservatives have a Mandela problem
|Bitcoin?s Rise and the Threat it Poses to Washington?s Control of Your Pocketbook|
#Obamacare watch: If you like your volunteer fire department? not @BarackObama?s problem, peasants!
Is the President Smoking Weed Again?
UFCW Hypocrisy On Display (Again): Two Unions Fight Over Unionizing UFCW Workers?
Jesus Saves. Senator Pryor Tries To Score On The Rebound.
WWGO ? December 5, 2013
Beware the menace of unity
RS Interview: Dr. Chad Mathis (R CAND, AL-06 PRI).
Maximizing the 2014 Primaries
Obama Offers The GOP Distractions
|NRA: Our Elephant Gun Owned by A Guy Who Shot A Baby With An Elephant Gun is a "Treasure"|
Is the CIA Taking Cues from Hollywood?
Friday Cat Blogging - 6 December 2013
November\'s Jobs Report Is Good, But Many Americans Are Still Struggling
Joyous Tidings on the Good Governance Front!
The Worst Reactions to Nelson Mandela\'s Death
Bill Bratton is a Great Choice to Head New York\'s Police Force
Chart of the Day: Net New Jobs in November
What Kind of Crazy Anti-Environment Bills Is ALEC Pushing Now?
Now There\'s a Zombie Drone That Hunts, Controls, and Kills Other Drones
|Video: Obama Undermines Liberalism While Distancing Himself from Own Failures|
Department of Homeland Security Stacked With Pro-Amnesty Attorneys Ahead of Illegal Immigration Fight
Santorum Ties Obamacare to Mandela Death
Obama: Oh no, the Failure of Obamacare Doesn\'t Reflect my Management Style at All
Five Times Obama Made It All About Himself
Team Obama Takes "Affordable" Out of Latest Obamacare Campaign
Report: State Exchanges Experiencing Back-End Problems, As Well
Poll: After Last Month More Dems Want Obamacare Expansion
Sacrilege: Did the \'Glee\' Christmas Go Too Far?
Angry Dem Aide on Obamacare Roll-out: The White House "S--- the Bed"
|Social Security expansion now very real. Thanks, Third†Way!|
Catholic Church was always pro-social justice, this Pope just makes it explicit
Midday open thread: Lost, vaccinations and orange overlords
President Obama orders the federal government to get 20% of its energy from renewables by 2020
McDonald\'s offers its low-wage workers advice on how much to tip their pool cleaners
Shutdown fervor starting to gel among hardline Republicans
Ted Cruz posts Mandela tribute on Facebook. His fans go crazy.
ALEC\'s 1985 fight against \'the homosexual agenda\' is still with us
Cutting Social Security is not centrist, and neither is Third Way
Drones come to Techopolis!
|Turkey\'s Gay Rights Groups Express Shock That LGBT Abuse Isn\'t Deemed A Hate Crime|
Stock Market Jumps After Strong Jobs Report
HUFFPOLLSTER: Putting Obama\'s Falling Millennial Support Into Perspective
Rush Limbaugh: The White House And Media Are Making Mandela\'s Death \'All About Obama\'
Bill Nye Urges President Obama To Stop Budget Cuts To NASA\'s Planetary Science Program (VIDEO)
Bill Clinton, George W. Bush To Attend Nelson Mandela\'s Funeral
Obamacare Glitches Hit 10 Percent Of Enrollments: Official
You Can Also Blame Newt Gingrich For The Obamacare Website Screwup
Kathy Svenson, Colo. School Board Member, Says She Doesn\'t Believe In Homosexuality Or Transgender Identity
Mandela Was an Inspiration and a Model
|The Most Important Fight in the Struggle for Food Justice|
What happens when people come to MoveOn to use our open petition platform to advocate conservative views?
Your Guide to Debunking Conservative Lies About Obamacare
Killing Endangered Black Rhinos Is NOT How You Save Them
VICTORY: Pizza Hut Offers Job Back to Manager Who Refused to Open on Thanksgiving
Will you attend the D.C. area happy hour for MoveOn members and allies?
VICTORY: Texas Board of Education Adopts Sound Science Textbooks
VICTORY: Utility Companies Pay the Bill for Their Mistakes
This man wants you to know the truth about Fukushima
Apply to Win $500, Materials, and Expert Training for Your Campaign to End Fracking
|Harry Reid: I Pay $4,500 More for Health Insurance Because of Obamacare|
And Which of Them Was Happier For It?
Kristol Podcast: Nelson Mandela, Young Voters, and More
Obamacare \'Strike Team\' Member: People Losing Their Plans Is a \'Good Thing\'
|6 People Detained in Mexico Theft of Dangerous Radioactive Material|
The Incredible Way a Balloon ? and Faith in God ? Led to an ?Answered Prayer? for Two Foster Kids
Glenn Beck Explodes Over Latest Developments in Case of Boston Hospital Holding Teen Against Parents? Will
When You?re Breaking Enough Laws to Result in 142 Charges, This Is the Last Thing You Do?Unless You?re This Guy
Chris Matthews Goes All Out, Declares GOP Leader Worse Than South African Apartheid-Era President
?Shoot Me!?: Woman Records Terrifying Dramatic Standoff Between Police and Armed Suspect
?This Is How We Kill Our Animals in Islam?: Accused Killer in British Soldier?s Horrific Hacking Death Gives Twisted Defense
Hot List: Nelson Mandela?s Greatest Speeches
Krugman: Obamacare Has Won, GOP Has Lost & Only ?Young, Healthy and High Income? People Need to Worry About Rate Shock
Dying Man Just Wanted to Do This Selfless Act One Last Time
The Biggest Vessel We?ve Ever Put in the Sea
How Did Jameis Winston Evade a Rape Charge?
Neanderthal Apartment Therapy
The Motor City Massacre Gabfest
The Strongman of Asia
Goodbye to George III
Urban Walmarts Are Great
The Slate Book Review Top 10 of 2013
Please Don?t Bring Back This Bonnie to Me
|Limbaugh: Media\'s Coverage Of Mandela\'s Death Is "Way Out Of Proportion" To "What Matters" To Americans|
A Comprehensive Guide To Conservative Reactions To Nelson Mandela\'s Death
The Benghazi Hoax Chapter 16: 60 Minutes
Limbaugh Uses Death Of Mandela To Lecture American Civil Rights Leaders
Fox\'s Ralph Peters: "President Obama Utterly Failed" To Retaliate In Benghazi, Now It\'s "Open Season On Americans"
Mark Levin Lashes Out At Media Matters Over Immigration Fact Check