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  • Medicare expansion could morph into single payer health care

    By Kerry PicketPublished December 9, 2009 Comments

    Senate Democrats looking to find a way to pass health care legislation have proposed a a Medicare "buy-in" proposal as part of the health care legislation. A major aspect of the proposal would be that individuals between the ages of 55 and 64 would be able to enroll in the medicare program. The Federation of American Hospitals opposes it as does the Mayo Clinic. Senator Lamar Alexander (R - Tenn.) told reporters Republicans were not being allowed into the discussions on the Medicare proposal, but he gave his concerns.: "Medicaid of course is a program for low income Americans where 50 percent of doctors won’t see new patients, and even that way, the proposals that we heard about would send big new costs to states causing big tax increases. Rumor this morning is they may have dropped the Medicare expansion. My question is why would they want to turn Medicare into Medicaid? ...

  • Local news blogging: Historic Midwestern snow storms

    by Anthony BowePublished December 9, 2009 Comments

    Powerful snow storms bludgeoned Wisconsin and Iowa Tuesday and Wednesday, with both states receiving record snow fall totals around 16 to 18 inches. Videos of the Wisconsin storm here. View local blogs from each state: IOWA Iowa Iowa Politics Insider: Capitol legislative forum featuring Gov. Culver canceled today. “A forum about the 2010 session of the Iowa Legislature planned for today at the Iowa Capitol has been canceled, due to the blizzard, aides to Iowa Gov. Chet Culver said.” Iowas Newz liter: Blizzard “I know this weather always puts someone in the mood for Christmas, so in that spirit we present Minnesotans For Global Warming and their new seasonal classic -- It's A Climategate Christmas. ”For the record, Dairy Queen is the only kind of Blizzard I enjoy, usually M&M or Oreo.” The Iowa Republican: Snow day! “As for the snow storm, I think this is the first time in ...

  • Census partners with amnesty advocates

    by Anthony BowePublished December 9, 2009 Comments

    At least 21 partners for the Census Bureau's 2010 campaign support illegal alien amnesty or have supported similar congressional measures. ACORN already received the boot from the Census partner list after being ousted for supporting criminals. What criteria does the Census put in place to protect the count from other extremist left-wing groups? According to a Census spokesman, the agency wants partners that:-will promote the goals of the Census campaign.-are viewed as trusted voices in their community.-will reach out and motivate household individuals in hard to count areas.-have the ability to reach out to their own members, through newsletters and various means of communication.The Census Bureau does not want partners that:-distract from the Census Bureau's mission.  -are not trusted or viewed negatively within the community.-make people fearful of participating in the census, such as groups advocating violence, hate crimes or those harboring extreme anti-immigrant views.-produces products that create a negative ...

  • Off the beaten path online: The real fat cat party...

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 9, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Revealing the real fat cat party, Salt Lake City shows interest in 2012 GOP convention, and Obama plans to spend our way out of the downturn. Townhall: The real fat cat party But many of those same industrialists saw nothing wrong with cutting deals with statist regimes. For example, the Swope Plan, put forward by Gerard Swope, president of General Electric, laid out the infrastructure for much of the early New Deal.    Deseret News: Salt Lake City shows interest in 2012 GOP convention Officials are in the early stages of deciding if Salt Lake City wants to compete for the 2012 Republican National Convention — so early, in fact, that they have not yet formed a bid committee to decide. NY Post: Obama plans to 'spend our way' out of downturn Without giving a price tag, Obama proposed a package of ...

  • CNN's Gupta: Climate change makes pollen dangerous to your health

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 9, 2009 Comments

      Watch out, folks! Climate change is making plant life grow at a faster rate, thanks to the uptick in the pollen count, according to CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Oh the horror! Dr. Gupta seems genuinely concerned about longer and earlier allergy seasons, lung disease, and cardiovascular disease. In the end, he attributes the health concerns from pollen to climate change. Unfortunately, this can only mean that busy bodies are just waiting to levy agriculture and subsidize taxpayer ailments. Moreover, it is the environmentalists who are usually complaining about plant life being cut down. Apparently, this group has issues making up their minds. Video above and  Transcript below (bolding is mine) CHETRY: Welcome back to the Most News in the Morning. As the climate change takes center stage in Copenhagen, the Environmental Protection Agency is also bringing the focus back home. EPA chief Lisa Jackson says the United States is facing a, quote, "real ...

  • Kevin Jennings's longtime foe, 'Mass Resistance'

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 8, 2009 Comments

    Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings is in the news again over an event known as "fist-gate" that made news almost a decade ago when Brian Camenker's Massachusetts group, Mass Resistance, recorded audio from Mr. Jennings's former group the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) conference in 2000. At the conference, students as young as 12 years old were given graphic instruction on homosexual sex acts by state employees. Mr. Camenker has been a thorn in Mr. Jennings's side for a number of years and told the Washington Times Water Cooler Mr. Jennings had taken notice of how effective Mass Resistance had been.: "We do a lot of work in the legislature. In 2000, someone from our group, Scott Whiteman, went to  a GLSEN conference and just happened to have a tape recorder and turned it on during these two workshops. That’s how that whole thing happened (the story on "Fistgate"). We ...

  • VIDEO -Michael Mann on CNN: Scientists, mathematicians often use the word 'trick'

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 8, 2009 Comments

        Climate scientist Michael Mann, best known for creating the questionable  "hockey stick" graph to show the effects of so-called anthropogenic global warming after the industrial revolution spoke to CNN about the University of East Anglia climate-gate emails.  CNN: What does he mean by saying the word "trick?" Michael Mann: Scientists, Mathematicians often use the word 'trick' in the sense of a clever approach to solving a problem. We had one data set that stretched way into the past, but it didn't come up to the present. It stopped in 1980. At the same time, we had more recent data that showed how the Earth has warmed in the subsequent decades, and in order to understand the longer term data, it needs to be put in the context of the more recent data, so that the relative warmth today can be compared to the relative warmth in the past, and ...

  • Local news blogging: NJ Senate committee clears gay marriage bill

    by Anthony BowePublished December 8, 2009 Comments

    The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee narrowly passed a same-sex marriage bill Monday night.  The full Senate will vote on the measure Thursday and then, if it passes, it will reach final vote at the Assembly. Supporters say they do not yet have the 21 total votes needed to pass the Senate, according to the New York Times. New Jersey Star-Ledger: "Senators added an amendment, proposed by Sen. Bill Baroni (R-Mercer), clarifying that clergy are not required to marry same-sex couples if it conflicts with their religious beliefs." "Hundreds of people signed up to speak, and the hearing room remained full throughout hours of testimony. People wanting to testify had to wait in another committee room, and some ordered pizza deliveries to the Statehouse last night. "Last night's narrow vote did not follow party lines. Republican Baroni voted yes along with six Democrats, while two Democrats, committee chairman Paul Sarlo ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Navy SEAL says he did not mistreat Iraqi detainee...

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 8, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Navy SEAL says he did not mistreat the Iraqi detainee, the cancer death rate continues to fall, and Is the Holder DoJ imploding? WTOL11: Navy SEAL says he did not mistreat Iraqi detainee Matthew McCabe of Perrysburg faced a judge Monday, accused of punching an Iraqi detainee linked to the 2004 killings of four U.S. contractors.    WebMD: Cancer death rate continues to fall New cancer cases and the cancer death rate continue to fall in the U.S., driven largely by declines in lung, prostate, and colorectal cancers in men and breast and colorectal cancers in women American Thinker: Is the Holder DoJ imploding? The Washington Times suggests in an editorial that the fallout from the Department's refusal to proceed with the New Black Panther party's criminal prosecution for voter intimidation is causing an implosion in the Holder Department of Justice.  

  • Local news blogging: Baucus stirs ethics q's by nominating beau

    by Anthony BowePublished December 7, 2009 Comments

    Sen. Max Baucus admitted Saturday that he recommended a senior staffer for the U.S. attorney job in Montana while he was involved romantically with her.  The staffer, Melodee Hanes, withdrew her nomination and eventually took a job with the Department of Justice. Baucus has defended the nomination as “fair,” for the woman with whom he now shares his home in D.C.From the Washington Post: “Baucus said in a statement that the recommendation was part of "an open and fair process" and that Hanes, now a senior Justice Department official, was qualified for the job because of her experience as a trial prosecutor and child-abuse expert. The couple now live together in the senator's home in Capitol Hill.” “He said he submitted six names to an unidentified "third-party reviewer," who winnowed the list down to Hanes, Bozeman attorney Mike Wheat and Helena attorney Michael W. Cotter. President Obama forwarded Cotter's name ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Obama to dictate climate change regulation without Congress...

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 7, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Obama may dictate climate change regulation without Congress, Britain's Brown call's climate change skeptics "flat earthers, and If the public option stands, senators say they'll block a vote on health care bill.  Yid With Lid: Obama to dictate climate change regulation without Congress As the POTUS feels that the economy must be repainted "green" whether man-made global warming is true or not, and whether or not it will hurt our already damaged economy, the EPA is about to declare CO2 a public danger.    Hot Air: Brown: AGW skeptics are “flat-Earthers” “Anti-science”?  Maybe those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.  As Dr. Pachauri himself notes, the entire issue with the East Anglia CRU is that they weren’t doing science, but advocacy. CNS News: If ‘Public Option’ Stands, Senators Say They'll Block A Vote on Health Care Bill Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) ...

  • Obama tries to unite hill Dems, makes no mention of public option

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 6, 2009 Comments

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D - NV) asked President Barack Obama to meet with Senate Democrats and two Independents in a closed door meeting today to discuss passing the pending Senate health care bill.  Democrats only need to unite all sixty votes from their caucus in order to break any filibuster that could endanger the passage of the bill.  While  at least five liberals in their caucus are adamant about the having a public option or some form of government run health care insurance, five moderates among the group of sixty have voiced their opinion against having any kind of government run health insurance program. Other issues include abortion, cost, and Medicare cuts. Senator Reid told reporters today he's called on both factions to come to a consensus of some kind. "We're working toward a consensus," Senator Reid told reporters at a press briefing. "We're not there." Senator Joe Liberman ...

  • Video: Killing jobs at the White House jobs summit

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 4, 2009 Comments

    The White House hosted a jobs summit on Thursday. A large portion of the jobs summit involved pushing what has become known as “green jobs.”  Apparently, the Obama administration’s strategy is to kill jobs in an entire industry like coal, so he can prop up his friends in the green energy industry.      Mr. Obama joined those at the clean energy break out session and reminded them that the cap and trade bill still needs to pass the Senate. The president emphasized the importance of creating a positive image on the energy issue.  The climategate emails showing that climate scientists were being deceptive with global warming data were never discussed. The main goal on the president's mind was to gather supporters from the business community to help pass the cap and trade bill in the Senate. (SEE VIDEO ABOVE):  “We focused a lot on energy efficiency. I think that's ...

  • Local news blogging: Georgia speaker resigns House amid controversy

    by Anthony BowePublished December 4, 2009 Comments

    The speaker of the Georgia House, Glenn Richardson, resigned from his seat Thursday amid allegations four days ago from an ex-wife that he had an affair with a lobbyist. According to Richardson's wife, Susan Richardson, the speaker's affair with a lobbyist from the Atlanta Gas Light coincided with legislation he sponsored that would have benefited the company with a desired pipeline. In an interview with local station WAGA, Ms. Richardson revealed a pattern of abuse and threats of physical violence from Richardson after the couple's divorce. About a month ago, the speaker was hospitalized for an admitted suicide attempt, which his ex-wife said was a ploy to bring couple back together.  Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "...his political career essentially ended when Susan Richardson went on WAGA. Until then, he had appeared to have weathered his attempted suicide. Democrats and Republicans alike rushed to express sympathy and support. "That unraveled when Susan Richardson, ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Poll - Castle beats AG Biden for Senate...:

    by Kerry PicketPublished December 4, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: VP Biden's Son, Beau, is behind in a head to head poll against Mike Castle for Delaware's U.S. Senate Seat, a former British soldier faces death by firing squad in Congo, and Senator DeMint threatens to block Bernanke's renomination. WDEL: Poll - Castle beats AG Biden for Senate A just-released poll shows Congressman Castle would likely win a US Senate race against state Attorney General Beau Biden, who hasn't yet said he'll run. Telegraph:Former British soldier faces death by firing squad in Congo French, 27, who has dual British and Norwegian nationality, and his friend Tjostolv Moland, 28, a former Norwegian soldier, were convicted of killing a taxi driver and spying.    WACH Fox :DeMint threatens to block Fed renomination South Carolina junior Senator Jim DeMint announced Thursday he will oppose the nomination of Ben Bernanke to serve a second term as chairman of ...

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