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No One is Happy with Obama When it Comes to Immigration

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 12:23 pm

I think this new Washington Post/ABC News poll does a good job of making the point of why President Obama’s immigration strategy makes no sense to me. It found only 31 percent of Americans approve of the way he has handled the issue of immigration while 59 percent disapprove. Even a narrow plurality of Hispanics [...]

GAO: Arkansas Will Likely Waste a Lot of Taxpayer Money on Medicaid ‘Private Option’

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 9:45 am

After the Supreme Court made taking part in the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion optional the White House has really bent over backwards trying to convince red states to sign on. They only succeeded in Arkansas after they agreed to let the state expand Medicaid by putting most new people on private insurance in the [...]

Poll: The More You Pay Attention to Congress the More You Hate It

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 6:43 am

Congress’s job approval rating remains a pathetic 14 percent in the latest Gallup poll, but an interesting finding is that the people who pay the most attention to politics have the worst impression of Congress. Among people who don’t follow politics closely, 23 percent approve of Congress but only 8 percent of people who closely [...]

American Hospitals Waste a Shocking Amount on Administrative Costs

By: Monday September 8, 2014 12:50 pm

The United States has, by far, the most expensive health care system in the world. Partly because the federal government lets the industry overcharge people and partly because its Rube Goldberg-like structure requires a huge amount of money spent on keeping it all running. Every hospital has to negotiate a different price with every insurer [...]

Why Delaying Immigration Action Makes No Sense

By: Monday September 8, 2014 7:41 am

If President Obama had been very quietly thinking about taking executive action on immigration and very quietly decided to delay his decision until after the election that would make political sense, but this extremely public delay seems to have no real upside to me. Most of the political damage was done when the administration first [...]

One Line Captures Everything Wrong With Congress

By: Friday September 5, 2014 7:42 am

Rarely does one line in a small article capture so much of what is wrong with Congress. From Politico: Senior House Republican leadership aides gave K Street lobbyists a peek at their September agenda, just days before lawmakers come back to Washington, according to several sources present. The lobbyists were briefed the same day Republican [...]

Greenwald Has “Peaked” Because a Politico Editor Says So

By: Friday September 5, 2014 6:32 am

In a new Politico Magazine article Michael Hirsh makes the bold claim that Glenn Greenwald’s stock is dropping fast, but without any actual proof. He starts his piece by with the bold line: For about a year, the global enterprise you might call Glenn Greenwald, Inc. has been taking off like a red-hot app. The [...]

Obamacare Subsidy Case to Go Before Full D.C. Circuit Court

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 8:13 am

In a big win for the the Obama administration the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted a rare en banc rehearing in Halbig v. Burwell, meaning the issue will be revisited by the full court. The oral arguments are scheduled for December 17th. Earlier this year in a surprise decision two [...]

Obama Says the Objective Is to “Degrade and Destroy ISIL,” Labels Them a Threat to the US

By: Wednesday September 3, 2014 7:43 am

It continues to sound like President Obama is moving towards getting the US directly involved in the war in Syria as he ups his rhetoric around ISIL. At a press conference in Estonia Obama promise to take the fight to the terrorists after the killing of two journalists saying “whatever these murderers think they’ll achieve [...]

Eric Cantor’s $3.5 Million Wall Street Job Isn’t Just for Cantor, It Is for Everyone Still in Congress

By: Tuesday September 2, 2014 8:21 am

Bribing people with big bags of money or expensive gifts is so 20th century. Not only is it gauche to carry around suitcases full of hundred dollar bills, it is also stupid. Basically the only time American politicians ever get in trouble for corruption is when they accept really expensive Rolexes while in office or [...]

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