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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 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

CPAC Audience: Legalize It!

There are things you expect to see at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and there are things you don't. One of the things you probably don't is an audience cheering and applauding arguments for legalizing pot and bemoaning the war on drugs. Mar 7, 2014 8:47 AM PT

Benghazi Panel to Boehner: Time for a Bipartisan Commission

The National Security Action Conference hosted by Breitbart News across the street from CPAC featured a panel on the Benghazi scandal Thursday. There was a consistent message at the panel: We haven't heard the complete truth about what happened in Benghazi and it's time for Speaker Boehner to authorize a bipartisan commission to investigate. Mar 6, 2014 10:58 AM PT

Flashback: Lois Lerner Said IRS Was Under Pressure to 'Fix' Problem of Political Money

Lois Lerner appeared briefly before Rep. Darrell Issa's Oversight Committee Wednesday morning and once again asserted her 5th amendment right not to answer questions. But back in October 2010 Lerner did speak to a group of at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy and came as close as she ever has to admitting a possible motive for the IRS targeting of conservative 501(c)(4) groups. Mar 5, 2014 10:12 AM PT

Video: Russian Special Forces in Face Off with Ukrainian Navy (Updated)

Russian Special Forces faced off with members of the Ukrainian Navy today at a base located in the city of Sevastopol. According to a report, the Russians entered a Ukrainian Navy training base to collect weapons. When they tried to leave the Ukrainians surrounded their Armored Personnel Carrier and refused to move. Mar 2, 2014 12:38 PM PT

Good Grief! Obama Plays Charlie Brown to Putin's Lucy Once Again

Remember the Peanuts cartoon where Lucy promises to hold the football for Charlie Brown then pulls it away at the last moment? Something similar happened between the U.S. and Russia this week. From the Russian soldiers now stationed in Crimea you can probably guess which side is flat on it's back and which side is holding the ball. Feb 28, 2014 10:42 PM PT


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