2:33 PM, Aug 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu says she's embarrassed to go to places in Europe like France and Spain because some Americans do not have health insurance. Landrieu, who is up for reelection in 2014, represents the state of Louisiana.
“People are scared when they’re sick, and they’re much stronger when they’re well,” Landrieu said at a Friday lunch, according to the American Press. “It’s embarrassing to me to go to places like France and Spain ... and their workers all manage to have health insurance that can’t be taken away.”
The report adds:
Landrieu said Louisiana has “more working people that are poor” than any other state. Of the 2 million people who file taxes in the state, she said, 70 percent have incomes lower than $50,000 a year. She said another 12 percent have an- nual incomes between $50,000 and $75,000.
“When people ask me what kind of health care people need, I think they need something they can afford,” Landrieu said.
Landrieu has doubled down on her support for Obamacare.
Republican governor Bobby Jindal, also of Louisiana is already blasting Landrieu for her comments. On Twitter, Jindal writes:
12:11 PM, Jul 7, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The dismaying violence in the streets of Cairo leads ones thoughts to another city, where the mayhem is scheduled and traditional and sublimely pointless. As the AP reports:
2:21 PM, May 22, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Spain has its problems, including an unemployment rate that could be a prelude to revolution or ruin ... or both. But the country seemed to feel it needed a fleet of warships. To include submarines. It made plans to build four of them, but there was a problem. As Roberto A. Ferdman at Quartz reports:
11:42 AM, Jun 14, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
According to figures provided by the International Monetary Fund, and compiled into this easy to read chart by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee, America will "spend 60 percent more per person than Spain over [the] next 5 years."
9:02 AM, May 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Republican Senate Budget Committee will release this new chart later today, showing that the "U.S. Spends More Per Person Than Portugal, Italy, Greece, Or Spain."
2:45 PM, Aug 19, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
When even the New York Times is forced to confront reality, you know things are bad:
Spain helps Cuba engage in human trafficking.10:18 AM, Jul 20, 2010 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
It’s a familiar trick: When the Castro regime wants something from the international community, it makes a grand show of releasing political prisoners, in hopes of convincing foreign officials that Cuba has liberalized and thus deserves to be rewarded.
The bailouts may be only just beginning.8:55 AM, Jul 19, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
In his statement celebrating the passage of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill last week, President Obama said: "There will be no more taxpayer-funded bailouts -- period."
Really? Let's assume Obama is right. Even under the best-case scenario, in which Dodd-Frank performs exactly as its technocratic architects intended, the legislation would -- with all necessary caveats attached -- prevent bailouts just in the financial sector.
World Cup replica adorns Octopus's garden.11:55 AM, Jul 12, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
Kudos to Paul the Octopus for selecting Spain as the winner of this year's World Cup (and selecting Germany for third place in Saturday's game). In all, the "psychic" cephalopod correctly—and consecutively—picked eight matches. The Germans hailed him as one of their own until he chose Spain over Germany in the semifinal. Although he was proven right, Germans were demanding Paul be killed—or grilled with just a little oil and garlic to be precise. In fact, security at Sea Life in Oberhausen was boosted over the weekend.
Spain worries about the risks of former Gitmo detainees, while a German official repeats a common meme.2:45 PM, Jul 8, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Two noteworthy stories dealing with Gitmo detainee transfers came out of Europe this week. The first comes from Spain, where the daily newspaper El Mundo reports that Spanish intelligence authorities are worried about the risks posed by transferred detainees.
10:06 AM, Jun 17, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar writes in the Times of London:
For far too long now it has been unfashionable in Europe to speak up for Israel. In the wake of the recent incident on board a ship full of anti-Israeli activists in the Mediterranean, it is hard to think of a more unpopular cause to champion.