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Head of Womens Health Conglomerate Unsure How Insurance Works

By on 3.26.15 | 11:52AM

This week marked the fifth anniversary of Obamacare, and while some of us celebrated by spending hours on the phone with an insurance company rectifying a double charge because they can't keep track of their billing, and Ted Cruz celebrated by availing himself of the system in order to get an inside look at the exchange that's making everyone's lives a terrible place, the head of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, celebrated by reminding America that they now give a ton of money to her organization involuntarily.

This is true now more than ever, as thanks to an "equality" provision in the Affordable Care Act, men and women now pay the same rates for insurance, despite the fact that women, on the whole, cost more to insure, most notably because many of them have working uteruses that produce living children. In return, yes, women can now celebrate the opportunity to pay to care for prostates they don't have and Viagra prescriptions they probably won't need, but let's not get too far from the point in question: ACA was very, very good to Planned Parenthood.

A Serious Blow, But There’s Time to Recover

By on 3.26.15 | 11:34AM

Florida’s lighter-than-air former governor, former attorney general, former education commissioner, former state senator and current trial-lawyer pitch-man Charlie Crist has endorsed Democrat Congressman Patrick Murphy of Jupiter (not the planet but the South Florida town) for the U.S. Senate seat that Crist himself has run for twice and lost. It’s the seat Marco Rubio will almost certainly not run for re-election to in 2016 in favor of running for president.

Crist is one of the few politicians in the history of the republic who can claim to have lost statewide races as a Republican, as an independent, and as a Democrat. When Crist sought the Senate seat he is endorsing Murphy for, he lost to Marco Rubio by 20 points in 2010. This past fall Crist lost the Florida governor’s race to Rick Scott, the most uncomfortable and awkward politician ever to bestride a podium, and one of the least popular elected officials in Florida’s history.

Crist’s endorsement is clearly a blow to the nascent Murphy campaign. But it’s early days, so Murphy has time to recover.

Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Germanwings Flight Into French Alps

By on 3.26.15 | 9:17AM

A French prosecutor has revealed that the co-pilot on Germanwings Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps on March 24th killing all 150 people aboard. The co-pilot has been identified as 28-year old German man named Andreas Lubitz.

Recordings from the black box indicate that Lubitz locked the flight captain out of the cockpit and that Lubitz did not respond to his repeated attempts to regain access.

The prosecutor has said there is "no indication" the crash was an act of terrorism. But I wonder how much investigating has been done into Lubitz's background at this point.

Bowe Bergdahl’s Strange Capture And Release

By on 3.25.15 | 7:03PM

Bowe Bergdahl will be charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

His father, Robert, was a jihadi twitter groupie. He lobbied for the release of Guantanamo prisoners—“God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen,” he tweeted.  Standing in the Rose Garden with President Obama, he sent his son a message in Arabic: “In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate.” He worried that his son had forgotten to speak his native tongue, which he had spoken for 23 years, during the five years he was held “prisoner” by the Taliban.

His fellow soldiers claimed he was a deserter. Yet, to get him back, we sacrificed the lives of six American soldiers and released five Taliban generals so that they could return to the business of killing Americans.

Harry Reid May Have Tried to Secure Visas for Casino Investors

By on 3.25.15 | 4:26PM

The Inspector General's office issued a report this week, addressing allegations that Deputy DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas exerted improper influence on the immigration process, giving priority to specific applicants who had close connections (including financial connections) to various Democratic legislators.

Watch a Member of Congress Attempt to Park a Car

By on 3.25.15 | 3:56PM

Congress isn't technically exempt from DC's parking laws, and we know they're definitely not exempt from operating as far from reality as possible.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is DC's representation in Congress. She's not allowed to vote, and before today, she might have been best known for angrily demanding that the public take the White House at its word, noting that sometimes, the rest of the world doesn't deserve the luxury of understanding the Executive Branch. After today, she will forever be known as the worst parker in Congressional history. This afternoon, when she showed up to hear Afghan President Ashraf Ghani address a joint session, she tried to jam what appears to be a silver Ford Focus in between two cars parked on an angle. 

ABC News: Bowe Bergdahl To Be Charged With Desertion UPDATED

By on 3.25.15 | 2:48PM

According to ABC News, Bowe Bergdahl is going to be charged with desertion. ABC obtained this information from Bergdahl's attorney.

While I certainly think Bergdahl deserves to be court-martialed, I honestly did not think this would come to pass because of the Army's effort to keep it hush-hush up to and including compelling members of Bergdahl's unit to sign non-disclosure agreements. The Pentagon certainly wasn't in any hurry to bring this case forward. It appeared that an announcement was going to come in late January, but the Pentagon squashed such speculation.

MLB to Investigate Marlins Pitcher Jarred Cosart Over Gambling

By on 3.25.15 | 1:06PM

According to The Miami New Times, MLB is launching an investigation of Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jarred Cosart concerning gambling.

The investigation was launched because of activity on Cosart's Twitter account in which he allegedly sought advice on gambling. After this created a Twitterstorm, Cosart subsequently deleted his account although it appears he has launched a new Twitter account in which he claims his old account was hacked and that he would not bet on baseball. However, the new Twitter account has not been directly confirmed by Cosart as of this writing.

Although I suppose MLB has to look into this, it looks like weak tea to me. The messages involved anonymous Twitter accounts. They do not demonstrate that Cosart actually made any bets. If it does turn out that Cosart gambles then there's a good chance he is betting on sports other than baseball. I think it's far more likely that people are betting on college hoops than spring training games.

Senate Votes Down Obama Budget, 98-1.

By on 3.25.15 | 12:56PM

What was it I said yesterday about the solution to partisan politics being united against Obama's nonsense? Seems like the theory works.

The Senate, which has, admittedly, been loathe to pass a budget even when they agree on stuff, joined hands in a bipartisan bear hug yesterday to vote down the model budget that the Obama White House presented to them just a few short weeks ago. And while they have yet to come up with a solid idea of their own, they know, at least, that there's no way in hell that Barack Obama is getting everything - or anything - he wants.

Senators on Tuesday opposed an amendment that would have swapped out the Republican budget with the one rolled out by President Obama earlier this year. 

The amendment failed by a 1-98 vote, with Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) voting for the amendment. 


The Iranian Mullahs Should Hire This Guy To Do Their PR Work

By on 3.25.15 | 10:51AM

What never ceases to amaze me is the ability of so-called peace organizations to not only take the word of America's adversaries at face value, but to act as outright apologists for them. Case in point. Kevin Martin who is the Executive Director of Peace Action titled "Which is The More Responsible Nuclear Nation - Iran, Israel or the United States?" It doesn't take long to figure out where Martin's sympathies are: