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No Happy Ending for Obamacare

By on 4.8.14 | 4:36PM

Time for our daily fix of Obamacare fumbles.

After their nauseating tale of the success of the “Obamacare underdog," Politico came to their senses and printed a piece about the hurdles ahead of this massive piece of law.

Of the “six big danger points” they discussed, a few were particularly damning.

First, people don’t realize that now that the March 31 “official” deadline has passed, they can’t get insurance for the rest of the year. Even if they end up sick and needing coverage, Obama has stonewalled Americans from seeking care.

Secondly, Americans heard the $95 penalty for not buying insurance and figured, “Eh, not so bad." They didn’t realize that it was $95 or 1 percent of their income – whichever is higher. In other words, if you make any more than $9,500 a year, you are in for a terrible shock when tax time rolls around.

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Reid and the Kochs: Take Twenty-Three

By on 4.8.14 | 4:25PM

Harry Reid really needs to go to rehab for his Koch addiction.

His latest Koch-bashing tirade erupted yesterday, as Reid claimed Republicans should wear suit jackets plastered with Koch insignia:

“NASCAR fans can easily find their favorite drivers by simply looking at the cars as they fly by, because there are corporate emblems on the hood of the car … for our clothing here in the Senate, we don’t bear commercials logos. Many Republicans might as well wear Koch insignias,” Reid said Monday. “While they don’t wear Koch Industries’ ties and jackets, they display their sponsors proudly through their actions here in the United States Senate.”

His Twitter account posted a picture showing off his fashion design skills:

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Cumulus Ratings Sink

By on 4.8.14 | 12:35PM

In the way of the modern media world, a couple of stories on the problems roiling Cumulus radio are causing a stir. This first one is a story at Breitbart that was picked up by Drudge and sat prominently among the Drudge Report's media stories. The Breitbart story, reported by Wyntnton Hall, is titled “Clouds Over Cumulus: Radio Ratings Plunge.” It goes into considerable detail on a new story published over in Inside Music Media by industry reporter Jerry Del Colliano.  We have been following this story for some time now as it directly affects conservative talk radio. But as we have also noted, there is a larger story here that has nothing to do with talk radio.

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Morning Round-Up 4-8

By on 4.8.14 | 10:41AM

Feature of the Day: Large Study Finds Vegetarians Have Poorer Health, Quality of Life Than Meat-Eaters

Morning Headlines

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  1. At 21, Recovering Heroin Addict Starts Over
  2. Pensions Pose Latest Challenge for Chicago Mayor
  3. Young Utah Gay Couple Become Face of Gay Marriage

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Liberals Return to Power in Quebec

By on 4.8.14 | 1:21AM

On Monday night, Quebec voters have rewarded the Liberal Party with a majority government. The Liberals have been elected or are leading in 70 out of 125 seats. Phillipe Couillard will become the new Premier of Quebec. 

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Game of Thrones and the Art of Revenge

By on 4.7.14 | 6:04PM

The Game of Thrones season four premiere enticed 6.6 million viewers, up 52 percent in viewership since the season three debut. Meanwhile, HBOGo.com was publicly humiliated after a crash effectively decapitated the online service. Too soon with the decapitation jokes? 

Not if the Game of Thrones model holds true: Violence is viewership, after all.

Warning: spoilers.

In the first minutes of the episode, Ned Stark’s valyrian steel sword “Ice” is re-forged into two blades for Lannister hands. This is a metaphor for the shattering of northern power after the deaths of both Ned and his heir Robb at the hands of the Lannisters and their allies.

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The All-American Captain America

By on 4.7.14 | 5:14PM

On Friday night I reluctantly dropped $17 to watch Captain America in 3D. Sliding into the cushy seat with a bag of popcorn and a Diet Coke, I hoped the experience would be worth it. Truthfully, I’m no die-hard Marvel fan, but by the time I left the theater, Cap had stolen my heart and ignited it with patriotic pride.

I was worried about classy Cap being thrown into the mess of our age. I’d rather him stay in 1940 so I could dream of time-traveling back to the good ole days when women wore skirts instead of yoga pants. Instead, I thought he successfully injected our cynical world with a dose of WWII American pride. 

So you can imagine my shock when I read Armond White’s scathing review of the film. He writes:

[Captain America] Evans’s emblematic face has no emotion behind it. What he conveys, actually, given the way the actor plays down physical passion in favor of bland duty, is a political anachronism.

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Confiscate the Pen: Obama Demands Wage Transparency

By on 4.7.14 | 1:31PM

Someone really needs to confiscate Obama’s pen and phone.

According to Reuters, he plans to sign yet another executive order on Tuesday preventing “federal contractors from retaliating against workers who discuss their compensation.”

In other words, federal workers have free rein to gripe and complain about their wages, and supervisors cannot do anything about it.

The order stems from Obama’s “equal pay for women” soap box, and a White House official claims they just want “transparency." The only way for women to know if they are being discriminated against is if they poke and prod, asking nosy questions to their coworkers about their paychecks:

“The executive order does not compel workers to discuss pay nor require employers to publish or otherwise disseminate pay data,” the official said.

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Morning Round-Up 4-7

By on 4.7.14 | 9:58AM

Feature of the Day: During Cold War, CIA Used ‘Doctor Zhivago’ as a tool to undermine Soviet Union

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