|9:30 AM, Dec 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House will not say whether anyone will have to pay the Obamacare penalty in 2014:
"Is there going to be a single person in 2014 that's going to pay the penalty? A single uninsured American that is going to end up paying the penalty in 2014 at this point?," asked MSNBC host Chuck Todd.
9:05 AM, Dec 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
NBC's Kasie Hunt reports on Twitter that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "has been hospitalized."
9:01 AM, Dec 20, 2013 • By DENNIS P. HALPIN
Now that the hoopla has begun to die down over Kim Jong-un’s execution of his uncle—reportedly Mafia-style with machine guns—the Young General is anticipating his athletes shooting a few hoops under the expert tutoring of Dennis Rodman.
7:27 AM, Dec 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Blogger Ezra Klein calls the sudden Obamacare rule change "the first crack in the individual mandate."
5:34 PM, Dec 19, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Teachers unions in nineteen different Wisconsin school districts failed to achieve recertification during annual elections that ended Thursday, according to the MacIver Institute.
5:14 PM, Dec 19, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Emergency Committee for Israel released this statement following the White House's threat to veto a bi-partisan Iran sanctions bill, which was introduced today in the Senate:
4:30 PM, Dec 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The White House and congressional Democrats say Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare will take away the benefits Americans are experiencing because of the health care law. In a conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon, White House advisor David Simas praised Obamacare's provisions allowing America to remain on their parents' health insurance plans until age 26 and outlawing the denial of coverage because of preexisting conditions.
If Obamacare were repealed, Simas said, "all of these benefits across the board will be taken away."
New legislation shows Congress and American public are united in their distrust of Obama's Iran deal.4:14 PM, Dec 19, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
A recent AP/GfK poll shows that a majority of Americans, 55 percent, disapprove of how Barack Obama is handling the Iran issue.
2:52 PM, Dec 19, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Mara Liasson and Tucker Carlson, last night on Fox News:
1:16 PM, Dec 19, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ruth Wisse, writing for Mosaic:
The story of the Jews was told so effectively in the Hebrew Bible that it shaped and sustained them as a people from that time to this. But what happens now?
12:10 PM, Dec 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Brian Schweitzer, the former Democratic governor of Montana who may run for president in 2016, spoke Wednesday night to Progress Iowa, a liberal grassroots organization, in Altoona, Iowa. In his speech, Schweitzer criticized Democrats who voted for the Iraq war, a group that includes a potential rival for the Democratic nomination: Hillary Clinton.
Watch Schweitzer's remarks below:
11:27 AM, Dec 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican state senator Dick Black of Virginia is considering running for the House seat currently represented by retiring Republican Frank Wolf. Black announced on Facebook he was forming an exploratory committee.
10:02 AM, Dec 19, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
First time claims came in higher than expected. Which is very nearly a sure thing. Not that the number of claims will increase. Or decrease. Just that whatever they do, it will be “unexpected."
As Michelle Jamrisko of Bloomberg reports:
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