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1.3 Million Lose Unemployment Benefits Saturday

On Saturday, an estimated 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans will lose their unemployment insurance benefits. For the first time since 2008, Congress failed to extend the benefits went it passed a budget just before Christmas. The Obama Administration has warned that more than 4 million unemployed could lose benefits next year unless Congress passes another extension. Dec 27, 2013 2:00 PM PT

Over 5,000 Alaskans Lose Insurance, 700 Sign-up for ObamaCare

The combination of new health insurance coverage mandates and the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare makes it very likely that fewer people will have insurance than before the law was implemented. On Wednesday, the Associated Press trumpeted the news that over 700 Alaskans had enrolled in ObamCare. Unfortunately, however, around 5,400 Alaskans had their insurance plans cancelled because of ObamaCare. Dec 27, 2013 8:12 AM PT

Alabama Lawmaker Plans Resolution Supporting 'Duck Dynasty' Star

Alabama state Senator Jerry Fielding has announced plans to introduce an official resolution supporting Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. Fielding said the A&E Network “bowed to pressures from liberal groups rather than respecting Robertson’s biblically correct views.” Dec 27, 2013 7:40 AM PT

Top 5 Political Surprises in 2013

At the beginning of 2013, Obama and his Democrat party in firm control of the nation's political terrain. Obama had won a convincing reelection by again boosting turnout of his young and minority voter base. Contrary to expectations, the Democrats gained 2 seats in the Senate, extending their control of the chamber, and made modest gains in the House. The Republicans, after squandered an almost unprecedented opportunity, were have something of an existential crisis. What a difference a year makes. Dec 26, 2013 10:57 AM PT

Left Attacks Rep. Steve King for Eating 'Sustainable' Reindeer

The Huffington Post thought it had a surprise Christmas gift when Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tweeted, from Oslo, Norway, a photo of his holiday meal that included reindeer. The site's headline breathlessly shouted, "Steve King Eats Reindeer for Christmas." Within hours of posting, however, Huff Po had to digest a heaping portion of crow. Dec 26, 2013 7:16 AM PT

ObamaCare Website Crashes on Deadline Day

Monday, December 23rd, is the official deadline for individuals to apply for coverage through the exchanges, to ensure they have insurance by January 1st. Unfortunately for those trying to get coverage, the ObamaCare website is crashing today. Three months of "fixes" and a "tech surge" have failed to address the fundamental problems in the exchanges. Dec 23, 2013 9:37 AM PT

ObamaCare Deadline Secretly Extended One Day

Midnight on Monday was the deadline for individuals without insurance to be enrolled in ObamaCare. Over the weekend, however, the Obama Administration quietly made changes to the exchanges, providing an additional day to enroll in ObamaCare. Now, if an individual signs up for coverage by midnight Christmas Eve, they will have health coverage on January 1st. Dec 23, 2013 9:13 AM PT

Oregon Exchange Robocalls Applicants, Warns Them to Seek Coverage Elsewhere

On Friday, Cover Oregon, the troubled ObamaCare health exchange, began robocalls to applicants, warning them, that if they haven't heard from the exchange by Monday, they should seek health insurance elsewhere. With less than two weeks until the mandated January 1st deadline for individuals to have health insurance, the exchange's late warning may cause gaps in coverage. Dec 21, 2013 12:41 PM PT

Obama: 'We're Not Going to Negotiate' Over Debt Ceiling

At his last press conference on the year on Friday, President Obama reiterated that he won't negotiate with Congressional Republicans on lifting the nation's debt ceiling. "It is not something that is a negotiating tool," Obama said. "It's not leverage. It's a responsibility of Congress." Dec 20, 2013 12:43 PM PT

Senate Votes for Ryan-Murray Budget That Cuts Veteran Pensions

On Wednesday, the Senate voted 64-36 to pass the budget deal negotiated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The deal increases discretionary domestic spending to over $1 trillion a year, by eliminating most the the sequester cuts. The deal pays for the spending hike through increased user fees and spending cuts, half of which occur a decade from now. One of the near-term spending cuts, however, is to reduce pension benefits for current veterans and active-duty military. Dec 18, 2013 1:54 PM PT

Dem Rep. Cheri Bustos: Budget That Cuts Military Pensions 'Right for America'

Freshman Democrat Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) held two budget events in her Western Illinois district on Tuesday. The events, in which constituents pick their priorities for spending are designed to support the argument that government needs more revenue. Beyond that, however, Bustos used the event to say how "pleased" she was to vote for the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget that increases spending and cuts veterans' pensions. Dec 18, 2013 11:42 AM PT

Sen. Mary Landrieu: Small Business Will Save Money With ObamaCare

On Tuesday, Politico reported that the next ObamaCare "time-bomb" will hit in the middle of next year, when millions of small business owners will face skyrocketing health insurance premiums. The announcements of the higher premiums will come just weeks before the mid-term elections and present a threat to all Democrats who supported ObamaCare. This threat is greater, though, for Sen. Mary Landrieu, who made health care savings for small business a central justification for her support of ObamaCare. Dec 18, 2013 8:34 AM PT

Loss of Faith in GOP Kept Conservatives Out of Ryan-Murray Budget Fight

In the days immediately following the release of the budget deal negotiated between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), House Speaker John Boehner launched a preemptive attack on conservative and tea party grass roots activists. Saying these groups had "lost all credibility" by attacking a budget deal that hiked federal spending, Boehner was trying to marginalize conservatives and blunt their influence in the debate. He needn't have bothered. Conservatives were largely absent from the fight over the Ryan-Murray budget. That says more about Republicans, however, than it does about conservatives. Dec 17, 2013 5:59 PM PT

Targeted Dem Rep. Jim Matheson to Retire

On Tuesday, Utah Democrat Rep. Jim Matheson, a 7-term incumbent, announced he would retire at the end of his term, rather than seek reelection. Matheson, who represents the most Republican district held by a Democrat, has long been an election target and won reelection in 2012 by just over 700 votes. Political handicapper Charlie Cook has shifted the race from "Lean D" to "Likely R." Dec 17, 2013 12:44 PM PT

12 GOP Senators Join Democrats to Support Ryan-Murray Budget

A dozen Republican Senators joined a united Democrat caucus to invoke cloture on the Ryan-Murray budget deal on Tuesday. The cloture vote was 67-33. The vote, which cuts off a possible filibuster, puts the deal on a clear path to passage. Final passage on the deal requires a simple 51 vote majority. Dec 17, 2013 7:44 AM PT

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