|2:16 PM, Mar 15, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The administration continues to jury rig the Affordable Care Act, which it sometimes calls “the law of the land.” The most recent fix is a 279 pager, released on Friday afternoon when the administration no doubt hoped most people would have better things to worry about. The 279 pages detailed changes in something called “risk corridors,” which is a charitable way of saying “bailout.”
And three years of foreign policy missteps. 8:35 AM, Mar 15, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Today marks the third anniversary of the beginning of the Syrian rebellion, a popular uprising that started as a protest movement and degenerated into a civil war that has already claimed more than 146,000 lives. As the White House has come to enumerate the various reasons why it has balked at arming the rebels—they’re fragmented, they’re farmers, they’re al Qaeda—it’s worth remembering that even before the opposition picked up weapons to defend itself against a regime shooting at unarmed protestors, it took Obama nearly half a year before he called for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step aside.
12:00 AM, Mar 15, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
President Obama might have been economical with the truth when he promised Americans they could keep their doctors when Obamacare takes effect, but he is proving a man of his word when it comes to the exercise of presidential power as he defines it. “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” he told his cabinet, developing a theme of his State of the Union message.
6:38 PM, Mar 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts who defeated Republican Scott Brown in 2012, has sent out a fundraising email to encourage supporters to donate to New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Brown announced Friday he is forming an exploratory committee to run against Shaheen for her U.S. Senate seat. Warren's email urges people to "beat Scott Brown again."
Read the email below:
4:49 PM, Mar 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Scott Brown is officially exploring a run for U.S. Senate from the state of New Hampshire, he announced today. "I’m going to stop complaining and get involved again. So I am announcing that I have formed an exploratory committee to prepare a campaign for the U.S. Senate," Brown will say at a New Hampshire Republican gathering, according to prepared remarks sent out by his explorator committee.
3:28 PM, Mar 14, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Expectations unexpectedly fell with is something many have come to expect … if you know what we mean.
2:35 PM, Mar 14, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Politicians out of power like to promise the moon and the stars to voters. They make contracts and pledges to America. Some vow to make the oceans recede and usher in a new era of hope and change. Others merely claim they have the power to make D.C. listen. But you don’t hear any grand promises coming from Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader who hopes to become majority leader if the 2014 elections go the GOP's way. He just wants to put some points on the board.
11:25 AM, Mar 14, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In the latest issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, which went online early this morning, I have an article about the Nebraska Senate race. In a nutshell, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is trying to give a boost to one of the candidates due to some disagreements with outside conservative groups. This is problematic because there are two solid candidates in the race and it's an open primary -- and voters tend to resent meddling by the national party.
11:03 AM, Mar 14, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
White House spin doctors and a sea of lawyers have somehow managed to schedule a presidential appearance:
… at two super PAC events this election cycle to help support Democratic candidates.
But it does not qualify as political fund raising! As the Huffington Post reports:
10:42 AM, Mar 14, 2014 • By MARIA SANTOS
Daniel Gade lost his right leg in Iraq. But Gade, an assistant professor of political science at the U.S. Military Academy, does not consider himself disabled. Instead, he uses himself as an example of how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs often inaccurately assesses disability.
9:17 AM, Mar 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama is warning Americans that they might have to change doctors because of Obamacare:
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