- The Washington Times - Friday, June 14, 2013

The Obama administration confirmed it was sending weapons to Syrian rebels and Sen. Marco Rubio threatened to walk out on the Senate immigration bill if a gay marriage amendment was added.

On the international stage, a British newspaper reported that the United Kingdom’s population was on a trajectory that would make it an Islamic nation within decades.

Here’s a recap, or wrap, of the week that was from The Washington Times.

Obamacare ‘rate shock’ hits Ohio with 88 percent insurance hikes

The Ohio Department of Insurance predicts premiums in 2014 will rise by 88 percent, a direct result of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The average cost of insurance premiums will stand about $420, “representing an increase of 88 percent” compared to 2013, the department reported, Forbes said.

‘Battlestar Galactica’ actress Katee Sackhoff loses Twitter star power for upholding gun rights

Katee Sackhoff, the Hollywood actress known for her tomboyish, gun-toting star roles in hard-charging action flicks and TV shows — including one as mercurial but talented pilot Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on the television series “Battlestar Galactica” — has taken a Twitter hit for her pro-gun messages. She tweeted on Monday: “On a lighter note since I’ve lost half my followers due to talking about gun safety … the sun is shining and Happy Monday. Love your neighbor today.”

Britain may be an Islamic nation within 20 years

Way back in 2003 an article in a British newspaper warned about a growing fear that the U.K. was on a fast track to becoming an Islamic nation. That was just ten years ago, and it seemed far fetched at the time. Now the British government has published a study with data that shows Islam will become the dominant religion within the next generation.

The concern in the 2003 article focused on the fact that Britain, and continental Europe for that matter, are becoming increasing secular while immigrant populations of devoted Muslims are growing.

Rubio: ‘I’m done’ if immigration bill includes gay marriage

Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday that if Democrats expand his immigration bill to extend benefits to gay spouses, he’ll have to scuttle the legislation.

“If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I’m done,” Mr. Rubio said Thursday during an interview on the Andrea Tantaros Show, according to Yahoo News. “I’m off it, and I’ve said that repeatedly. I don’t think that’s going to happen and it shouldn’t happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is.”

The updated Obama scandals user handbook

It is time to update our Obama scandals user handbook. The original handbook was created just a month ago to explain the multitude of scandals then oozing from the Obama Administration, but so fecund has this administration been in breeding scandal, and so much more interesting have the old scandals become, that the older handbook seems a relic of some distant, more innocent age.

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