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The Obama Morning News || January 2, 2013

Boehner may embrace immigration changes . . . New York Times
It’s showtime for Obamacare . . . Politico
Day 1: More cancelled plans than enrollments . . . Daily Caller
Sotomoyor ruling sets off new battle . . . Washington Times
White House stands by birth control rule . . . Politico
Obamacare bending the health cost curve? . . . National Journal
WH pushes for unemployment benefit renewal . . . Politico
The ten most controversial regulations of 2013 . . . The Hill
Obama faces resurgent al Qaeda in 2014 . . . The Hill
Kerry back in Israel for Mideast talks . . . Associated Press
Obama wishes Barbara Bush well . . . Associated Press
Is DeBlasio pushing Hillary to the left?
. . . Washington Post

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43 Responses to The Obama Morning News || January 2, 2013

    • Watching a clip of Bill Clinton pointing his bony finger while echoing Obama’s socio-economic inequality platform sent chills down my spine. It should be the death knell for Billary, but it seems they are doubling down on stupid. Either that, or we are further down the road to fascism than we realize.

      • I thought the same thing and I thought Billary would want to move the Democratic Party to the center because we’ve had eight years of leftism and the spirit in the air is that it’s gone too far and doesn’t work. Of course, they’re in the right laboratory, the right environment, NYC is a petrie dish for far left liberalism as are San Francisco and Seattle. It will come down to the fight between these centers and the rest of the country: the suburbs, the rural, flyover country. Still, I think they’re making a mistake: the wheel is turning once again.

  1. I still cannot believe I have my government now setting the rules on our health and interfering with citizens relegion. I as well cannot believe I now live in America with the government listening in on everone’s personal information.
    What do we need to do give up our phones all at the same time, and throw them away.
    As long as we permit, it will continue and get worse.

    • I agree, Lee. I never thought I’d live to see the day when we couldn’t wish Vets a Merry Christmas or give them gifts wrapped in paper printed with Merry Christmas. I never thought we’d be spied upon as if we were the enemy. Actually, I never thought I’d live to see the day when a man from nowhere, with mysterious/dubious background built on lies and possessed no qualifications whatsoever, could become President of our great country.

      I hope and pray that 2014 is a turning point and we begin to take back our country.

    • But what can we do, Lee? I feel as though the entire political elite and the rest of us live on different planets. How do we get our elected officials responsive to the people who have elected them?

      • Fire the bastards in November! I don’t subscribe to the axiom, voting for the lesser of two evils. Vote and support only those candidates that reflect your values.

  2. The White House, in a statement released Wednesday, argued that the Justice Department has made clear that the mandate doesn’t apply to religious groups like the nuns and that the changes it has made to the original regulation have met the appeals of institutions tied to religious organizations that oppose artificial contraception.

    “[We] remain confident that our final rules strike the balance of providing women with free contraceptive coverage while preventing non-profit religious employers with religious objections to contraceptive coverage from having to contract, arrange, pay, or refer for such coverage,” the White House statement said.

    SNIP

    “The Obama administration issued a rule that was a so-called accommodation for the views and interests of religious organizations,” he said. “They don’t have to pay for the product or procedures they object to, but their [insurance companies] will. They have to certify they’re not covering it and authorize insurers to do so.”

    SNIP

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/1/ruling-by-supreme-court-justice-sotomayor-sets-off/#ixzz2pFqsvskV

    Can someone explain the difference between what the administration is claiming and what Shapiro is claiming?

      • At the point where a financial collapse mated with a change in the job mix and older people got tossed and faced age discrimination and now sit idle while those laid off a few weeks ago are picked up for the limited number of jobs because their skills are fresh and marketable.

        • Many people–millions–have been rendered unemployable, although I would say the majority refuse that title and still look. They have to turn in where they have looked to get the pittance. These are not kids in the parents’ basement…

      • I wonder how many non-resident H1B visa holders and other non-immigrant visa holders are collecting extended unemployment. It seems to me that they should not be allowed to collect more than the obligatory 26 weeks. How many overstay their visas and become wards of the State?
        The system if rife with fraud and abuse.

        • Isn’t that kind of a straw man, Girly? It can’t be a large percentage. You have to file a lot of paperwork for unempl–and often–it’s not like you get in line for a check and just keep getting them…Oh, well, I say if the Republicans stand in the way of this in this still wobbling econ, they will pay a big price–older people vote. And also–Reid says he will take it up–but isn’t it a money bill that must originate in the House…

          • Agree. The R’s cannot afford to come off looking like heartless ogres. However, they must play up the fact that the high unemployment is directly related to the failed Obama economic policies. It also affords them the opportunity to argue against amnesty – taking (scarce) jobs away from Americans. It all works in their favor come next November.

            At the same time, we do need to start cleaning up all of the entitlement programs, including those who run out of unemployment benefits and go directly to collecting disability (for life). The numbers are staggering – close to half a Trillion in fraud, waste and abuse – overall.

          • Nice idea, but the Republicans won’t do it. Oh, no doubt they’ll cave on extending unemployment for the 6th straight year, whether it originates in the Senate or not, but they won’t associate it with amnesty for illegal aliens. They’ll do the bidding of their masters. Their crony capitalist campaign donors profit off illegal aliens. They work cheap and don’t make a fuss so they’re good for the bottom line.

  3. OT Increasingly the whole Minnesota Somali blow up thing looks suspicious. If it turns out that some Somali Islamists blew themselves up in bomb making training we most likely will never hear about it. The flip good side of that is that perhaps more terrorists living in the United States with rights and privileges will injure themselves before they bring death and destruction to innocent Americans.

    Probably lost a few Obama voters in this one.

    http://weaselzippers.us/?p=166295

    • FYI,…I live a bit south of Columbus ,Ohio, the second largest Somali population in the states.
      In the 2012 election, they were bused to the polls and told to vote for the D on the ballot as many do not speak English.
      2014 is going to be interesting.

      • Yep. I personally think there was a lot of voter fraud, among other duplicitous actions by the Progressive Social Democrats, and anticipate more in the future. Particularly with Eric the Holder at Department of Injustice.

        This government is a bad joke.

        • There were precincts in Cleveland where the voter turnout was 114%, and not one vote for Romney.
          That scenario was duplicated across the country, and there was never an investigation,…if there was one, the information was never reported.
          As long as Holder is running interference for the dems, this is what we can expect.

  4. One of the new laws passed last year that takes affect this year is that you must get a doctor’s permission to attend a tanning salon.
    However,…you can get an abortion without a doctor’s permission.
    WTF ???

    • Tanning salons.
      Yes, we have them here in sunny AZ. I know, I know..crazy, huh?
      I have a permanent tan on my left arm even though I avoid the sun all the time. (yes, my left arm is near the driver’s window).

  5. Here’s interesting tidbits from today’s American Thinker:

    “Al Gore, the high priest of AGW theory, has closed all of his Alliance for Climate Protection field offices, and laid off 90% of his staff. Contributions have all but dried up since 2008.

    “Australia’s conservative government has severely curtailed the country’s climate change initiatives and is in the process of repealing its business-killing carbon tax. A group of German scientists predicts dramatic global cooling over the next 90 years toward a new “little ice age.”

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/01/the_global_warming_tipping_point_is_near.html

    No doubt the evening news will lead off with these stories. /sarc