10 things to know today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:
AP Wire
Feb 11, 2014

1. WHY OBAMA IS GRANTING ANOTHER DELAY IN HEALTH LAW

The administration's move seems calibrated to lessen the political fallout for Democrats in the midterm elections.

2. PENTAGON PRESSED FOR INFORMATION ON MILITARY SEX CRIMES

A leading senator demands details on assault cases following an Associated Press investigation into the inconsistent handling of rapes on military bases.

3. WHAT YELLEN IS LIKELY TO TELL CONGRESS

During her first public comments since becoming Fed chair, she'll almost certainly say little more about agency policy than that the Fed is keeping its options open.

4. FRENCH PRESIDENT ARRIVES IN U.S. ON STATE VISIT

For Francois Hollande, the trip to Washington is a chance to get an ocean away from his romantic troubles.

5. IRAQI MILITANTS ACCIDENTALLY KILL 21 OF THEIR OWN

An al-Qaida instructor demonstrating how to make car bombs sets off the explosives by mistake.

6. AFTER RAID, AN ORDER TO PURGE BIN LADEN PHOTOS

An e-mail shows that the U.S. special ops commander ordered all photos of the al-Qaida founder's corpse destroyed or turned over to the CIA.

7. 30-YEAR SENTENCE FOR 'FAST AND FURIOUS' KILLER

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes was convicted in the shooting death of a federal Border Patrol agent in a firefight that revealed the government's botched gun-smuggling investigation.

8. FDA LOOKS AT PAIN MEDS

Health officials are examining whether naproxen — the key ingredient in Aleve — carries less risk of heart attack and stroke than rival medications like ibuprofen, found in Advil.

9. AT WESTMINSTER, 'SWAGGER' LOOKING GOOD

The old English sheepdog that nearly won the grand prize last year is off to a fast start at this year's show.

10. HOW DRONES ARE BEING USED AT THE SOCHI OLYMPICS

The unmanned aircraft, increasingly common at sports events, are flying above the competition, beaming live video to a screen near you.

 

Comments

Vladtheimp

#1. OBAMA'S BANANA REPUBLIC REDUX

Since King Barry can amend his own law at will, once again in favor of large and corporate employers while keeping his boot heel on individual citizens, is it any wonder that employers are hesitant to grow their business or hire new employees?

Although protecting Democrats in the midterm elections from the cruel fact that millions would lose their employer provided health insurance was undoubtedly the main reason for this latest lawlessness, it also was undoubtedly spurred by the latest CBO report that specifically said:

"Under the ACA, employers with 50 or more full-time-equivalent employees will face a penalty if they do not offer insurance (or if the insurance they offer does not meet certain criteria) and if at least one of their full-time workers receives a subsidy through an exchange. Originally scheduled to take effect in 2014, that penalty is now scheduled to be enforced beginning in 2015. In CBO's judgment, the costs of the penalty eventually will be borne primarily by workers in the form of reductions in wages or other compensation—just as the costs of a payroll tax levied on employers will generally be passed along to employees. Because the supply of labor is responsive to changes in compensation, the employer penalty will ultimately induce some workers to supply less labor."

Does this latest unlawful unilateral change to Obamacare mean that King Barry is now DEPRIVING people of their escape from working, which Art Carney, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin and the mainstream media were championing just yesterday?

Before the Obamabots attempt to spin this, remember that in 2010 the Obama Administration PREDICTED that up to 78 MILLION Americans with insurance from their job will lose their “grandfather status” and become illegal. Page 34,552 of the Federal Register,June 17, 2010, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-...

So congratulations suckers, you can now keep your "substandard" and "crummy" health insurance plans for 2 more years, and then, after Democrats are saved in the 2014 midterm elections, and when King Obama is gone, the spit will hit the fan.

#5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w...

11. The Netherlands are proving their prowess in speed skating in Sochi; the Dutch also know how to thank the brave Americans who lost their lives saving the Netherlands from the Nazis, back when America could be trusted as a reliable ally. http://sipseystreetirregulars.bl...

And, http://liftbump.com/2014/01/8465...

bigdeal

Boy, that set off some NSA alarms there!^

Lanivan

Since you highlight some heroes (Sir Winton and John Lee) whose actions have helped to elevate the human spirit, this should be a salvo to your recent lamentations that the Lawless Other was hypocritical in his fight on the Republican War on Women:

General Motors (GM) announced plans to pay boss Mary Barra $14.4m (£8.8m) this year, 60% more than her predecessor, Dan Akerson, who was paid $9m in 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/busine...

As for the effectiveness of the rest of your comment, I offer this reflection of my opinion....a picture IS worth a thousand words. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

Vladtheimp

1. I thought the subject was the unlawful delay of Obamacare by King Barry. but I forgot - when Obamacare is the subject, the liberal/progressive game plan is to change the subject - war on women being the latest deflection of choice.

2. Mary Barra does not have a $14.4 million pay package - Barra’s 2014 compensation: $1.6 million in salary, $2.8 million in short-term stock incentives and $10 million in “long-term compensation,” likely in the form of stock tied to performance metrics. The lion's share, $10 million, depends on Government Motors performance. If she makes every potential dollar, it will still be less than what GM CEO Rick Wagoner made in 2008 - but I hope she gets the full amount, which will mean that GM did well in 2014.

3. I think Skimbles just realized he can get health care without working to reach the light.

Mystic Michael

Well, this latest unhinged rant was utterly predictable. Sorry, but you don't get to insulate your wildly biased remarks from critical analysis - merely by labeling the inevitable criticism as "spin". Your sophomoric propaganda techniques may work on the gullible and the feeble-minded. But not on everybody. Your disingenuousness is exceeded only by your astonishing chutzpah.

First you complain bitterly about a law designed to actually help ordinary Americans obtain health insurance, so they don't have to die an early death due to a pre-existing medical condition - merely to satisfy you and your ideological cohorts. You also supported all manner of extra-legal schemes by which to illegitimately compel the program's repeal - including shutting down the U.S. federal government itself.

Now that the ACA has gone fully into effect, despite all the underhanded attempts to sabotage it, you're screaming and crying that somehow the President doesn't have the authority to adapt its implementation for a smoother, more gradual, less disruptive transition - as if that were a bad thing, and this was the very first time in history that executive/administrative action had ever been taken to facilitate the implementation of a statute. What incredibly brazen hypocrisy! What a complete waste of good bandwidth!

Make no mistake about it: Your regular coniption fits around here don't impress anybody - other than the usual coterie of weak-minded, brainwashed dittoheads who've been conned into believing that you actually know what you're talking about.

Vladtheimp

Oh my, unable to refute anything in my comment, the Mysterical one resorts to ad hominem attacks - par for the course.

Obamacare has not gone fully into effect - Obama and his minions have issued waivers, delays, and unilateral changes to ensure it will not go fully into effect until after the midterm elections and after he leaves office.

Reminder - Republicans passed an appropriations bill to fully fund the government if Obamacare was delayed ONE year - Obama and Harry Reid refused to vote on it and shut down the government as as result. Now he's delayed it three years - Smart Diplomacy?

Reminder - In a hearing in November, 2013, Sebelius testified:

"Delay is not an option. We are still at the beginning of a six-month open enrollment that ends at the end of March, and there's plenty of time to sign up for the new plans,"

She also testified: "Delaying the Affordable Care Act wouldn't delay people's cancer or diabetes or Parkinson's," Sebelius testified to the Senate Finance Committee. "For millions of Americans, delay is not an option."

I guess King Obama has decided he has the power to delay people's cancer or diabetes or Parkinsons, since he delayed Obamacare for the millions who get their health insurance through their employer.

Sorry Mikey, through the Internet you can't get away with ignoring what Obama and the regime have stated in the past, and you seem to gloss over the fact that the same number of people will lack health insurance in 2023 as lacked health insurance before Obamacare was passed, not to mention that silly document known as the Constitution.

Mystic Michael

So you think that getting publicly called out for your lies and distortions is the equivalent of "ad hominem" attacks? Thin-skinned much? Think you can hide behind that smokescreen of diversion and distraction, and evade accountability for your lies...because "bad ol' Mikey is being mean to you"? Think again.

And now you claim you haven't been put in your place? Despite being caught first opposing a new law that will cover millions more people - and now opposing that very same law, because it *allegedly* doesn't cover enough people? And you're going to continue to claim that there's perfect consistency - and no discrepancy - between the two obviously divergent positions that have nothing in common - other than the common thread of blind opposition to the President and his policies, based on political expediency alone? And you really expect people to believe that your rapidly-shifting lines of rhetorical attack are all actually based on principle and policy alone?

I am far beyond the point of ever expecting any intellectual honesty from you. But I'll be damned if I will stand by and allow you, or any of your extremist buddies, to hold back the progress of this country for one day longer than you already have.

Oh, by the way, since when do mid-sized companies, with 50-99 employees, count as "large and corporate employers"?

Vladtheimp

Still haven't refuted anything in my comment, have you? The point is, according to the CBO, it "won''t cover millions more people" - your fight is with them (and others who have made the same point), not me.

since when do mid-sized companies, with 50-99 employees, count as "large and corporate employers"?

I said "large AND corporate employers" you putz - This is what the latest unconstitutional King Barry regulation states:

" Employers with 50 to 99 employees (about 2% of employers): Companies with 50-99 employees that do not yet provide quality, affordable health insurance to their full-time workers will report on their workers and coverage in 2015, but have until 2016 before any employer responsibility payments could apply."

All employers except for "Small Businesses" as defined by King Barry are given a reprieve from the specific requirements of the Affordable Care Act, unlike individual citizens who still have the boot heel of King Barry on their necks. Capische?

Post a Comment

Log in to your account to post comments here and on other stories, galleries and polls. Share your thoughts and reply to comments posted by others. Don't have an account on GrandHavenTribune.com? Create a new account today to get started.