Repeal, now more than ever!8:40 AM, Apr 18, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare, the CBO projected that 9 million people would buy Obamacare-compliant insurance through newly established government-run exchanges. Now, after an enrollment period that his administration expanded by about two months—to more than half a year—President Obama says that 8 million people have “signed up” for (but in many cases haven’t actually bought) insurance through those exchanges.
The Republican establishment needs the grassroots, and vice versa.Apr 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31 • By JAY COST
Jeb Bush’s recent musings on a possible presidential run—and his comments on immigration, rankling many in the Republican grassroots—sparked a familiar clash. Jeb, the establishment’s preferred candidate, some said, could neutralize the fiery GOP base in 2016. Conservatives shot back that Jeb would depress conservative turnout, and his last name would play poorly with the general electorate.
So go Republican hopes to take over the Senate.Apr 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31 • By FRED BARNES
To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that happening are close to zero. For Republicans, North Carolina is necessary. It’s the key to control of the Senate.
3:33 PM, Apr 20, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Amid the usual news stories this Easter Sunday – accounts of the president’s family attending church and the pope addressing multitudes – there is this startling and vastly hopeful headline:
On page one.1:11 PM, Apr 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The front page of today's Denver Post skips Easter. It's main focus? Marijuana.
"All weed, no Easter on Denver Post's page one," says media reporter Jim Romenesko.
12:21 PM, Apr 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Via the White House pool report:
...Easter worship at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, DC
First family arrived at church through tented entrance at 10:05 am, and sat in second pew in mostly, but not completely filled church. POOL estimates about 250 people celebrating Easter here.
President, wearing a light khaki suit, is rocking his head back and forth to the fabulous choir and chewing something. Malia is wearing spring yellow dress, and Sasha, her hand to her chin, appears to be in pale gray or pale blue. …
10:40 AM, Apr 19, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The news that the administration would like kept quiet, and which it therefore announced in the afternoon, on Good Friday is that it has:
12:00 AM, Apr 19, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
A few weeks ago I suggested that we now know when Federal Reserve Board chair Janet Yellen will raise interest rates: never. Her first formal monetary policy speech can be read to support that view, or at least that “normal” interest rates are what the Economist describes as “a distant prospect.” It will take more than the recent spate of good news to stay Yellen from her course.
3:27 PM, Apr 18, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Politicians looking for work and calling themselves “Democrats” are being advised to avoid using the word “recovery.” As the AP reports:
Election-year memo to Democratic candidates … Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word "recovery" is trumped by a Republic
12:24 PM, Apr 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Kathleen Sebelius is "not considering" a run for Senate, a new report claims.
"A spokeswoman says departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate," reads the report from the AP.
12:15 PM, Apr 18, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Beau Biden, son of Joe, will, as Sean Sullivan of the Washington Post reports, be running for governor in Delaware in 2016, further confirming that the impulse to a career in “public service” is genetic and hereditary.
10:23 AM, Apr 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jack Kingston, the Savannah-based Republican congressman running for the U.S. Senate, has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Here's more from the Washington Post:
"Now more than ever we need conservative leaders with a demonstrated record of fighting for Georgia jobs, and that leader is Jack Kingston. As senator, Jack will help lead America’s comeback and lay the groundwork for more jobs, more growth, and a generation of prosperity," said Rob Engstrom, the business group's political director.
9:52 AM, Apr 18, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In his press conference yesterday, President Obama said that the debate over the Affordable Care Act is over, or should be … and will be if he and his party have anything to say about it.
7:14 AM, Apr 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The title of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's new book will be Hard Choices, Simon and Shuster announced this morning:
"HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON’S INSIDE ACCOUNT OF THE CRISES, CHOICES, AND CHALLENGES SHE FACED DURING HER FOUR YEARS AS AMERICA’S 67TH SECRETARY OF STATE, AND HOW THOSE EXPERIENCES DRIVE HER VIEW OF THE FUTURE," reads a description of the book by the publisher.
Italy tries someone new.Apr 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31 • By MICHAEL LEDEEN
Italy has long been Europe’s political laboratory, having invented fascism, incubated eurocommunism, launched the postwar economic miracle, and brought the social democratic nanny state to ruin. Most Italians are very unhappy, as well they might be. Unemployment is at record highs (13 percent overall, the highest in the history of the measurement, while for 15-24-year-olds, it’s 42 percent). The cost of living, as anyone who has visited recently will know, is outrageously high, and more and more parents are telling their children to learn German or English and emigrate.
The demise of the pro-life Democrat.Apr 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31 • By MARIA SANTOS
Kristen Day has just sent an email thanking a Democratic state representative in Michigan for supporting a bill banning abortion funding in Obamacare. He’s grateful for her note—she’s only the second person to thank him. “It’s a really lonely road, to be a pro-life Democrat,” she remarks.
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