China Deal Sets U.S. for dramatic emissions cuts . . . President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. has set a new goal to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by between 26 percent and 28 percent over the next 11 years as part of a climate change agreement with China.
The new target is a drastic increase from earlier in Obama’s presidency, when he pledged to cut emissions by 17 percent by 2020. By contrast, Obama’s counterpart, Xi Jinping, did not pledge any reductions by a specific date, but rather set a target for China’s emissions to peak by 2030, or earlier if possible. Fox News
McConnell: China deal “unrealistic” . . . Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wasted little time Tuesday night in blasting President Obama’s climate agreement with China as another costly, unpopular environmental move. The Hill
The Death Panels are coming . . . The US Preventive Services Task Force is an independent body authorized by Congress to make “evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, or preventive medications.” And since the onset of Obamacare discussions, the Task Force recommendations for treatment and screening have become less and less generous. Ben Shapiro
Burwell: Dreamers need Obamacare . . . Health and Human Services chief Sylvia Burwell made an appeal for immigration reform and extending Obamacare benefits to DREAM-eligible illegal immigrants on Tuesday while promoting the health-care law. Daily Caller
Gruber says he regrets “stupidity” comment . . . ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber said Tuesday he regrets saying that the health care law was written in a way that took advantage of the “the stupidity of the American voter,” adding he spoke “inappropriately.” Fox News
Another video of Gruber calling Americans “stupid” . . . Yet another video has emerged of MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber calling Americans “stupid,” and bragging about how the Affordable Care Act’s drafters had to deceive the public in order to pass the law. Daily Caller
Obama picks a bunch of fights with the GOP . . . In the week since the electoral drubbing, Obama has renewed fights with Republicans over climate change, immigration reform and nuclear negotiations with Iran, in addition to picking a new battle with the GOP over net neutrality. Examiner
Is Nepotism Justice? . . . The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General has released a report saying that Justice’s Office for Immigration Review has a widespread nepotism problem, one that has allowed EOIR employees to secure spots for their own children in a coveted student hiring program. The Blaze
America to Obama: Let the GOP run things . . . A new Gallup poll shows that the majority of Americans would rather Obama back off and let Republicans take the lead in the new Congress. The poll supports Republican claims that last week’s midterm elections were in fact a referendum on the president. Daily Mail
HW set W up on a date with Tricia Nixon . . . It was 1968, and George H.W. Bush had set his oldest son up for a date with Tricia Nixon, the daughter of President Richard Nixon. As former president George W. Bush now recalls in his new book, the date — at a dinner to honor an astronaut in Washington — did not go well. Daily Caller
Meanwhile, Obama Tuesday took time out from his Asia trip to call the New York City doctor who just recovered from Ebola to praise him, even though the doc initially deceived health workers by claiming he had quarantined himself.