- “Tensions are running high in the skies between China and Japan—and the United States is refusing to stay on the sidelines. After Beijing upset the region by declaring a new air defense zone over a large part of the East China Sea, Washington responded by flying two unarmed B-52 bombers through the area.” [CNN]
- Ukraine-EU deal is a big threat to Russia’s economy [BBC]
- “With the clock ticking toward a Saturday deadline, Obama administration officials promise that the HealthCare.gov website will work better. Exactly how much better? That is hard to say.” [WSJ]
- “White House officials, fearful that the federal health care website may again be overwhelmed this weekend, have urged their allies to hold back enrollment efforts so the insurance marketplace does not collapse under a crush of new users.” [NYT]
- “There are states that are running their own websites and enrolling a lot of people, way more than the amateur-hour federal website that serves most of the states.” [Politico]
- “Microsoft is moving toward a major new effort to encrypt its Internet traffic amid fears that the National Security Agency may have broken into its global communications links, said people familiar with the emerging plans.” [WashPost]
- “The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced a proposed revision to federal tax code that would disrupt the loosely regulated world of dark money in political campaigns.” [TIME]
- The Nasdaq Composite Index closed above 4000 for the first time in 13 years, the latest milestone in a 2013 stock rally fueled by easy money from the Fed and robust investor demand for a broader swath of fast-expanding companies. [WSJ]
- “Combined with a favorable map, Republican momentum has put control of the Senate firmly in play. In fact, the 7 seats most likely to switch parties in our latest Hotline Senate Rankings are only Democratic-held. If Republicans flip 6 of the 7—without losing any of their own vulnerable seats—they would control the Senate in 2015.” [National Journal]
- Prettier in print
- TIME Cover: “America’s Pest Problem: It’s Time to Cull the Herd” by David Von Drehle
- “Obama’s Iran Gamble” by Michael Crowley
- “Big Fuss Over a Small Iran Deal” by Fareed Zakaria
- “Obamacare Is a GOP Jackpot” by GOP consultant Mike Murphy
- “Kirsten Gillibrand Won’t Take No For An Answer” by Jay Newton-Small
- “Sandy Hook’s Chilling Final Chapter” by Jeffrey Kluger
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Here's an excellent article about the website project
"I agree with liberals on all social issues." ~@collioure
I have to leave now. I just blew all the pop I drank out my nose.
That, and Denver won.
Well, I didn't sleep well at all today. It's back to bed for a long nap before work for me. Goodnight.
In case you gentlemen didn't read down thread, I hit a nice scratch-off last night on the way to work.
The ACA has experienced severe problems in the two months since it's rollout. Obama's poll numbers have suffered as a result. Meidcare was very heavily criticized when it was first introduced. It's extremely popular now. Taking the short term view of a massive new program seems to be a mistake to me.
Degenerate Hollywood breaking Box Office Records:
ACA website running much more smoothly:
Actually....he tends to be left-leaning on social issues. Some of his opinions on social issues make it all the way to center but I wouldn't classify any of his social issue positions as right.
@sacredh We got it. Rub it in.
I did read that, and congratulations. I do not have the same luck skills as you do. But then again I simply don't gamble, I know the odds are against me and chances are that I put more money in it than gain back.
It's not about being right.
It's about damaging the current President and hindering progress in other areas, like immigration.
Vulnerable Democratic Senators will be the judges of its adequacy.
This is the month when they may start running away from Barry and his UCA boondoggle.
Have some more tiger blood.
@nflfoghorn, just a little.
@Robbert5, I'm lucky in almost everything. I know the odds are really stacked against people winning, but I've been playing for 8 years and I keep track of how much I spend versus how much I win. I've never had a year when I didn't finish at least a $1000 in the plus column. Unless I have a huge December, 2013 will still be my 2nd best year. In 2009, I finished up just a hair under $26,000.
@collioure, this may also be the month it starts to become an asset.
@TyPollard, wouldn't that be a hoot? The sad thing is, if Palin wasn't good looking, the GOP would never have even given her the time of day. Shallow comes to mind when you talk about the GOP base.
@Paul,nnto, not only that, but there is the matter of his weight. Regardless of what people tell pollsters, people are judged a good bit by their physical appearance.
@TyPollard, I have my doubts that Christie can survive the southern states.
@TyPollard, Romney was forced to the right by the Tea party and was put into the position of appeasing the base just to get the nomination. Once he had the nomination, he was trapped into the positions the TP forced him to take. I expect the same thing in 2016.
There are areas where BHO and the Democrats are open to well earned criticism, from the left as well as from the right, but with people like Cruz, Rand Paul, )insert any Texan republican) leading the charge no one takes them seriously.
The TPer who cried wolf.
@collioure @Robbert5 @sacredh
Who knows frenchie, maybe you are in for surprises and which politicos know all this stuff? Faux News, VDare, Breitbart.com, Beck, Limbaugh? Your sources, at least the ones you dare to mention every once and a while, are not the most trustworthy. Do remember last year, all these ppl were dead wrong. So we'll see, my take is that it is not that bad. The american ppl have seen what the repugs stand for which is nothing, they have no ideas to solve any of the current problems facing this country. And I do mean literally ANY.
Also, what time does your day start?
"Yes, the Democrats are going to have problems keeping their own party together" -> Hypothesis
"Obama lies about his UCA are a real problem for vulnerable Democrats. They all repeated his words to their constituents." -> hypothesis, seems to be true at the moment but attention span of the average vote is really limited
"Cancellations - you ain't seen nothing yet." -> hypothesis, what cancellations and what is not seen "yet"?
"Sticker shock - the website will generate gobs of that. "-> hypothesis, if history is any guide than this it is uphill from here.
"People losing their doctors; " -> Wrong, to the extent that ppl are losing their doctors at the same rate they always lost their doctors
"A lot of bad news coming down the pike." -> hypothesis, for whom? My hypothesis is that there will be a lot of bad news for the GOP
the Republicans just run against the UCA instead of with an alternate
plan, tthey stand to do less well, but they will win in Nov." -> hypothesis, next election will tell.
@Paul,nnto @collioure @TyPollard
What is there to expand upon? I support the Voting Rights Act that endures since the 60s.
No thank you.
Our Treasury must be protected from that - Joe Lieberman.
@TyPollard, Christian Scientist = Promiscous Virgin.
@Paul,nnto, Ungodly Care Act?
@collioure , the ACApassed in 2010. My healthcare rates went up $4 for 2014. The smallest increase since Clinton was president.
Yes, the Democrats are going to have problems keeping their own party together
Obama lies about his UCA are a real problem for vulnerable Democrats. They all repeated his words to their constituents.
Cancellations - you ain't seen nothing yet.
Sticker shock - the website will generate gobs of that.
People losing their doctors;
A lot of bad news coming down the pike.
If the Republicans just run against the UCA instead of with an alternate plan, they stand to do less well, but they will win in Nov.
@TyPollard, I've said it before. The GOP is doing everything the democrats WISH they'd do.
@collioure, the democrats are going to have problems keeping their own party together? The GOP is involved in civil war and at each other's throats. The GOP wishes they only had the problems the democrats do.
@Robbert5, government only works as well as the people that represent it. When you have the GOP determined to make the goverment fail, of course there are going to be problems.
I have been debating government ability to actually work with our resident Frenchie today. His point was, and that mimics the GOP, that government does not work and that the private sector is not inhibited by a bureaucracy that rewards growth in employee count.
In my humble opinion, large organizations whether they are public or private, share the same difficulty in manageability and that government has, can and will work as long as one puts the effort in to make it work and continuously improve. Throwing up your hands in a defeatist attitude that government doesn't work is not helping!
@Paul,nnto, would the GOP win me a prize?
@Robbert5, the GOP has every right to be worried. If the ACA turns out to be a hugely popular program, people won't forget which party fought it every step of the way. Something else they have to be terrified of is that if the ACA turns out well down the road, the next logical step is a single payer system.
@Robbert5, both Social Security and Medicare were heavily criticized when they first came out and were viewed as "government interference". Are there any more popular programs with the people than both of them now?