Obama: These Democrats actually support me . . . Obama delivered a blow to Democratic Senate candidates looking to distance themselves from his flagging approval ratings Monday, saying lawmakers avoiding him on the campaign trail were “strong allies and supporters” who have “supported my agenda in Congress.” The Hill
Surprise, Mr. President! . . . The president and his staff have seemed flat-footed, reactive, surprised, and at the mercy of outside events rather than in command of them. National Journal
No rush to end affirmative action . . . In a new interview, President Obama said courts should allow affirmative action for the foreseeable future, but he believes he can do more for the cause of racial justice with policies to help black students obtain high school diplomas. Washington Times
Six times Obama declared a crisis, then did nothing . . . IRS, Fast and Furious, Benghazi. These were all supposed to be a Big ^$%#ing deal. And then it was on to something else. Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro reports.
Government pays millions for workers to sit home . . . The federal government has shelled out more than $700 million in paid leave to more than 57,000 employees who were home from work for time periods stretching from one month to three years, a Government Accountability Office report has found. Examiner
It’s the subsidies, stupid . . . The Obama administration has funded a new study by top consulting firm RAND Health that startlingly finds that if taxpayer subsidies are eliminated, Obamacare exchanges will fall into a “death spiral.” Eliminating premium subsidies entirely would ’cause large declines in enrollment and substantial increases in premiums,’ RAND Health concluded. In short — Americans are far less likely to want Obamacare coverage, or to be able to afford it, when taxpayers aren’t footing the bill. Daily Caller
Perez: Immigration raises wages . . . Labor Secretary Tom Perez asserted Monday that allowing more foreign workers into the United States would have the effect of increasing U.S. wages, contrary to the findings of several studies, and the law of supply and demand, which say more workers would mean reduced wages. The Blaze
Ebola Czar to skip hearing . . . Ron Klain, appointed last Friday by President Obama to direct the nation’s response to the Ebola crisis, sent his regrets Monday to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which had invited him to testify this Friday. Fox News
Klain officially starts work Wednesday.