30 members support the House Resolution calling for civil action.1:49 PM, Dec 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina, a Republican, is sponsoring a resolution in the House of Representatives that would, if adopted, direct the legislative body "to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch." In other words, Rep. Rice wants to take President Obama to court for not faithfully executing the laws.
12:20 PM, Dec 12, 2013 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
Sometimes a handshake is more than just a handshake. When President Obama warmly embraced the late Hugo Chávez at the 2009 Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, he lent respectability to a brutal autocrat who had crippled Venezuelan democracy, terrorized his political opponents, and supported both the Iranian theocracy and the Colombian FARC. When then–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hugged Ecuadorean leader Rafael Correa during a visit to Quito in 2010, she made Correa seem like a normal democratic president, rather than a thuggish Chávez acolyte who had persecuted independent journalists and gravely weakened his country’s public institutions.
8:31 AM, Dec 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last night, this 30-second advertisement ran to encourage folks to sign up in the "Health Insurance Marketplace," otherwise known as Obamacare:
"Now, for the first time, you can be covered -- with a quality health plan from the new health insurance marketplace, part of the health care law," says the male announcer.
7:29 PM, Dec 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Obama administration is bringing in the "Sexiest Man Alive" to help "boost" Obamacare enrollment numbers.
"The Sexiest Man Alive is being enlisted to spice up Obamacare," Bloomberg reports.
"Pop singer Adam Levine, who won the designation from People magazine last month, is among the celebrities who’ll be promoting enrollment in online health insurance exchanges as part of a social media campaign kicking off tomorrow.
10:37 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a Capitol Hill hearing, Kathleen Sebelius admitted today that the Obama administration is 3 million short of its Obamacare goal:
9:01 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Missouri school district faces a $150,000 bill for Obamacare, according to a report on KMIZ-MO:
"The Affordable Care Act could cost the Jefferson City public schools more than a $150,000," said the news anchor.
"This came to light at last night's board meeting when district officials told board members they would have to pay health insurance for substitute teachers," says the other anchor.
8:29 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The latest national opinion poll show Barack Obama continuing to receive low marks from the American people, just over a year after his reelection. The poll, commissioned by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, found that 54 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president, a record high for his term in office, while 43 percent say they approve.
4:15 PM, Dec 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Voters aren't happy with President Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran, according to a new Quinnipiac poll:
American voters give the president a negative 40 - 48 percent approval for his handling of the situation in Iran. Voters are divided on the latest agreement to limit Iran's nuclear weapons, with 44 percent supporting the agreement and 46 percent opposed.
3:01 PM, Dec 10, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Today is a snow day in Washington so even less will get done than on a day when the sun shines.
12:01 PM, Dec 10, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Weary of wading through the big muddy of Obamacare, the president has decided that it is time to change the subject. (They call that a “pivot,” in Washington, these days.) And as Amie Parnes at the Hill reports:
President Obama is once again turning to populism to reinvigorate what has been a lackluster second term.
10:02 AM, Dec 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
7:02 AM, Dec 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama's speech at the Nelson Mandela memorial today in South Africa:
6:39 AM, Dec 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At Nelson Mandela's memorial service today in Johannesburg, South Africa, President Obama shook hands with Raúl Castro:
"Castro, he's shaking hands with Raúl Castro," said an excited Christiane Amanpour.
"As Christiane points out, President Obama just shook hands with Raúl Castro from Cuba," Chris Cuomo explained.
6:09 PM, Dec 9, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama, who is aboard Air Force One on his way to a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, will sign a plastic gun ban "via autopen," an aide tells the Huffington Post.
"We expect the President to sign the reauthorization via autopen before the legislation expires at midnight," a White House aide is quoted as saying.