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Government Could Shut Down Again on Jan 15

While members of Congress ended 2013 congratulating themselves for passing a budget, the media missed the fact that the agreement doesn't actually avoid a government shutdown. The deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) provides simply a blueprint for government spending. Congress must still pass legislation detailing specific spending before January 15, when government's spending authority expires. Government still faces a potential shutdown in a little over a week. Jan 4, 2014 10:37 AM PT

Harry Reid Pushes to Extend Jobless Benefits

When the Senate reconvenes on Monday, its first legislative action will be to extend unemployment benefits for another three months. Unemployment benefits for people out of work for 99 weeks expired at the end of the year. The three month extension would cost $6.5 billion. Jan 4, 2014 7:33 AM PT

2014: Nancy Pelosi Bid to Retake House Blocked by Math

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi continues to insist that Democrats can pick up 17 seats in the November to retake control of the House. She also insists that fallout from ObamaCare will not hurt Democrats this fall. Setting aside that delusion, the Democrats' chief problem isn't ObamaCare. It's math. Jan 2, 2014 11:35 AM PT

5 ObamaCare Nightmares for Democrats in 2014

Democrats are no doubt eager to put 2013 and the disastrous ObamaCare roll-out behind them. There is, however, a reason they pushed implementation of the health care law until well after Obama's reelection. There are 5 major reasons the Democrats long ObamaCare nightmare is just beginning. Jan 1, 2014 9:57 AM PT

Minimum Wage Hike Central to Democrat 2014 Plans

According to Democrat folklore, a national campaign to boost the minimum wage in 2006 swept them into power in Congress. Six states, which all had a number of competitive races, had initiatives on the ballot to hike the state minimum wage. Allied groups like ACORN and labor unions organized voter turnout efforts around the issue. Democrats are returning to this hymnal as a central strategy for the 2014 midterm elections. Dec 30, 2013 9:19 AM PT

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

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