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Silly Responses to the Obamacare Hardship Exemption Story

The biggest Obamacare story last week was belated attention given to a little noticed hardship exemption that seems broad enough to allow almost anyone to claim exemption from the law's individual mandate. Rather than report on the exemption itself and the fact that it's existence was kept off the HealthCare.gov website, many left wing sites tried to spin the story as much ado about nothing. Mar 17, 2014 2:50 PM PT

Rep. Issa to Rep. Cummings: You Are Behaving Like a Defense Attorney for Lois Lerner

In a letter sent today, Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, accuses ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings of acting as if he were a defense attorney for former IRS employee Lois Lerner. He also argues that Lerner could face contempt proceedings for her refusal to testify to the Committee last week. Mar 14, 2014 12:05 PM PT

Video: Spiral of Violence in Venezuela

Mariana Atencio of Fusion TV has put together another clip capturing the conflict between students and the government in Venezuela as it enters its second month. Mar 14, 2014 11:10 AM PT

Broad Hardship Exemption to Obamacare Mandate Added to Healthcare.gov Since Yesterday

A broad exemption to the individual mandate which only requires people to claim they had "another hardship" first appeared on the relevant HealthCare.gov page in the past 24 hours. Another narrower exemption for people with cancelled policies, which was announced at the same time last year, has been listed on the site for months. Mar 13, 2014 3:14 PM PT

Obamacare's Hardship Exemption Rules Make the Mandate a Paper Tiger

A piece in the Wall Street Journal is getting attention for the claim that the Obama administration has made the individual mandate optional. There is some truth to this though the changes being discussed happened months ago. In fact, the WSJ itself pointed them out back in December. Mar 12, 2014 10:40 AM PT

Obamacare Falls 330,000 Short of February Enrollment Goal

Obamacare enrollment continued to slide off December highs in February with HHS reporting 940,000 people enrolled last month. In addition the percentage of "young invincibles" signing up was the same as in January, just 27 percent. That's far short of the 38 percent originally expected. Mar 11, 2014 3:13 PM PT

House Oversight Committee Releases Lois Lerner Report

Darrell Issa's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform issued a staff report Tuesday aimed squarely at Lois Lerner and her involvement in the IRS targeting of conservative groups. The report suggests Lerner misled Congress in four instances and attempted to downplay the inappropriate targeting after it came to light. Mar 11, 2014 11:21 AM PT

Attkisson's Time on CBS Evening News Dropped by Two-Thirds After 2009

Earlier today Sharyl Attkisson announced on Twitter that she was leaving CBS News. Early reports suggest the split was "amicable" though Attkisson is said to have wanted to leave because she had grown frustrated with the network's "liberal bias." Specifically, she felt it was a struggle to get her work on the CBS Evening News, the network's flagship news program. Mar 10, 2014 2:37 PM PT

Ezra Klein: Let's Make Media Vegetables More Appealing

Now comes Ezra Klein and his new Vox.com site to bring us "explanatory journalism," an effort to help people know more about topics which they may not initially understand. In this promotional clip published yesterday, Klein describes it as an effort to get people to eat their media vegetables or, perhaps, to stop thinking of them as vegetables at all. Mar 10, 2014 12:17 PM PT

How the White House Reined In Criticism of President Obama at Think Progress

When bloggers at Think Progress became too critical of President Obama's Afghanistan war policy their bosses at the Center for American Progress heard about it from the White House. Shortly thereafter, Think Progress writers were "berated" by supervisors for "creating daylight" between CAP and the White House. Mar 10, 2014 9:38 AM PT

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