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“Start by asking: ‘Have you thought about signing up for health insurance on the new marketplace?’ “

— advice from Organizing for Action, the 15-million member grass-roots group that grew out of President Obama’s re-election campaign, on how to start a positive Obamacare conversation at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Like health care legislation, the advisory is complex. This is one of 11 “conversation tips” contained in Part 3 of the four-part document. Yes, it includes a “pledge.” No, it does not include the word “Obamacare.”


Is there crucial information about the interim deal with Iran that the Obama administration is not sharing with the public? Uh, could be.

“Under the agreement reached in Geneva, Iran is permitted to keep one-half of the uranium it has enriched to the 20 percent level, and is required to dilute the remaining one-half to 5 percent U-235. It is allowed to continue enriching uranium, but agrees not to take that process beyond 5 percent U-235 during the next six months,” says John Hinderaker, a columnist with

“No doubt many people who hear about those terms will be reassured, thinking that 5 percent enrichment, and even 20 percent, represents only a small percentage of the total effort needed to create the materials for a nuclear bomb. Unfortunately, this is not the case,” he continues, citing an American Enterprise Institute report, issued in 2012. Gleaned from the research:

“Approximately 15 25 kilograms (33 55 pounds) of 90 percent enriched uranium is required for a Hiroshima type bomb (15 20 kilotons). It is about the size of a grapefruit or a softball and a U-235 implosion bomb is so simple it does not require testing. Despite not being an efficient military weapon it is an ideal terrorist device.”


A single renegade newspaper has now acted on White House “lack of access,” brought to public attention last week by 38 major news organizations in a letter of protest to press secretary Jay Carney. The coalition was vexed that significant events were closed to photographers. “Official” photos were provided instead. The renegade? That would be the News Tribune based in Tacoma, Wash.

“A photojournalist’s job is to document the news the way it really looks, not the way somebody wants it to look. Even when that somebody is the president. During his presidency, Barack Obama has time and again closed the door to photojournalists trying to take pictures of him performing official duties. Instead, he’s had his own photographer take the pictures, which the White House distributes to the media. You can bet only flattering photos make it through,” declares executive editor Karen Peterson in a message to readers.

“From now on, we won’t publish White House handout photos of events that should have been open to news photographers, even if that means going without a photo. As the protest letter said, closing the door to the press gets in the way of the public’s ability to independently monitor and see what its government is doing,” she concludes.

USA Today announced late Monday that it would do the same.


79 percent of Americans rate the quality of their personal health care as good or excellent.

69 percent rate their health care coverage packages as good or excellent.

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