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October 16, 2014, 11:58 pmWhere does most of our energy come from?

Jimmy Margulies - The Record of Hackensack, NJ - Rush Limbaugh - English - Rush Limbaugh, Right wing talk radio, Contraception, birth control, Women, Womens reproductive rights, Obama contraception policy

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October 16, 2014, 3:23 pmSo you think you had a bad day, huh?

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October 15, 2014, 11:55 pmThis says it all...

By Daniel Kurtzman

Everyone is not impressed with the repubs. Counting your CHICKENS before the eggs hatch can lead to disappointing results. Stay tuned once again.

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October 11, 2014, 2:04 amGovernment Experiments on Humans | List of Evil Government ...

The American people have every right to be suspicious when certain diseases or viruses suddenly appear out of nowhere. Our government has been experimenting on its own people for years. Much of it has been done in secret by organizations or agencies within our government that answer to no one. The following link list 13 of the most evil things done by these ungodly ghouls.

 

http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-most-evil-u-s-government-experiments-on-humans/robert-wabash

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October 6, 2014, 11:46 pmRush Limbaugh: Obama Wants Americans To Get Ebola As Payback For Slavery

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Radio host Rush Limbaugh suggested on Monday that President Obama is refusing to divert flights from Ebola-infected countries and close down America’s borders because he believes that the nation “deserves” to be infected with the virus given its history of perpetuating slavery.

Responding to a caller on his nationally syndicated radio show, Limbaugh launched into a soliloquy about so-called politically correct liberals who believe that America is responsible for the spread of Ebola in Liberia because that nation was established by freed American slaves. “And if it hadn’t been for that they probably wouldn’t have [Ebola]. So there are some people who think we kind of deserve a little bit of this,” he said, before accusing elected leaders of purposely leaving the country vulnerable to the virus.

“The danger we have now is that we elected people in positions of power and authority who think this or think like this in terms of this country being responsible, this country being to blame for things and it’s that kind of thinking that leads to opposition to shutting down airports from various countries,” Limbaugh explained, referring to the Obama administration’s handling of the crisis.

Rush is not only a big fat LIAR, but is a habitual drug user. His statements has gone from outrageous to CREEPY. But regardless of how bizarre Rush's behavior has become his flock view him as a guru and believe everything that he says. SAD.

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October 3, 2014, 1:10 amLet's not get it twisted !

Ebola crisis: How did the virus get into the US?

A health worker in Monrovia

A Liberian man is the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus on US soil. So how did he arrive undetected and what are the risks to Americans?

The outbreak gripping West Africa is the world's worst, killing 3,338 people so far.

There have been 7,178 confirmed cases, with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea suffering the most.

This case in the US is thought to be the first outside West Africa involving this strain of Ebola.

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Who is the new patient in the US?

Thomas Eric Duncan

Only one person has been diagnosed with the virus while in the US.

Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, tested positive in Dallas, Texas, on 30 September.

He worked as a driver for a courier service and lived in the Paynesville 72nd Community suburb of Monrovia.

On 20 September, he arrived in Dallas to visit relatives and is now in a serious condition in an isolation unit at a hospital in the city.

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Is he the first person in the US to have Ebola?

No, a small number of American aid workers who contracted the virus while abroad have recovered after flying back to the US for treatment. But Mr Duncan is the first diagnosed within the US.

Three of the aid workers were colleagues at the same hospital in Liberia. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were flown back to Atlanta for treatment, while Rick Sacra, a family doctor from Massachusetts, recovered in Nebraska.

Ms Writebol said resources at the hospital where they worked were insufficient to protect workers.

On Thursday, it also emerged that a US journalist - a writer and cameraman - had tested positive in Liberia and will be flown home by NBC News.

Aid worker Nancy Writebol A month after returning to the US, Ms Writebol was well enough to speak to reporters
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September 30, 2014, 12:26 pmSign language

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This one is for you!

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September 29, 2014, 5:10 pmTrue Colors

The resident racist and bigot is showing his true colors. Now he depicts ALL Blacks that are Democrat as big lip, wide nose ass kissers. Arabs as camels mouths with wide noses. What a lowlife POS.

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September 28, 2014, 11:34 pmI will say whatever for your vote.

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September 27, 2014, 1:51 amLiving in Denial

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September 23, 2014, 1:00 pmPAUL KRUGMAN: The Republicans Aren't Willing To Do The One Thing That Would Help Solve Poverty

 
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PAUL KRUGMAN: The Republicans Aren't Willing To Do The One Thing That Would Help Solve Poverty

In recent months, former GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been touting his concern for the poor, while eschewing some of his party's past economic rhetoric. But according to Paul Krugman, Ryan and the rest of the party aren't willing to entertain the one thing that's actually needed to address poverty: spending more money.

Edited by Justin Gmoser. Additional camera by Graham Flanagan and Alex Kuzoian.



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/paul-krugman-gop-paul-ryan-poverty-2014-9#ixzz3E9rhbeu8

 

The republicans as usual talk a good game but lack substance. They are so-called experts at giving advice, but are lousy at following their own suggestions. They talk loud and say NOTHING.

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September 21, 2014, 11:33 pm10 Republican Red States That Mooch off Coastal Liberal States

By Alex Henderson

10 Republican Red States That Mooch off Coastal Liberal States

Data shows that these hypocritical GOP-leaning states are likely to be the biggest recipients of federal tax money.
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One of the most hilarious talking points coming from far-right Republicans and the Tea Party is that when “red states” like Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are asked to bail out California or Massachusetts, that’s when they will finally become “fed up with socialism” and secede from the Union once and for all.

The problem with that meme is that it has no basis in reality: the more prosperous and Democrat-leaning areas of the United States are likely to be subsidizing dysfunctional “red states,” many of which are suffering from insufficient tax revenue and an abundance of low-wage workers who don’t have much to tax. Tea Party Republicans like to point out that poor cities like Detroit, Baltimore and Camden, New Jersey are run by Democrats, but they neglect to mention that some of the most affluent parts of the United States—from Manhattan to the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area to Cambridge, MA to Seattle to Chicago’s North Shore suburbs—are dominated by the Democratic Party. People in those heavily Democratic areas pay a lot of federal income taxes, and quite often, their tax dollars go to red states.

Earlier this year, the personal finance website WalletHub.com conducted an in-depth study of the amounts individual states are paying in federal taxes compared to the amounts they are receiving. WalletHub analyzed data from the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Commerce Department and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. WalletHub’s research demonstrates that, as a rule, the states that are the most likely to rail against “big government” are the most likely to be benefiting from it. 

A few of the states in WalletHub’s study that were receiving the most tax revenue from the federal government are states that President Barack Obama won in 2012 (most notably, New Mexico and Hawaii), but most were hardcore “red states.” And most of the states that, according to WalletHub, are taking less from the federal government than they are paying in are “blue states” that Obama won in both 2008 and 2012, including California, Massachusetts, Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Minnesota. WalletHub’s research bears out comparable figures released by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation in the past: analyzing IRS data, Tax Foundation has found, more than once, that red states are likely to be the biggest recipients of federal tax money.

Below are 10 red states that take full advantage of the federal government and would be much worse off without the “coastal liberal elites” they love to complain about.

1. Mississippi:  Mississippi is one of the most Republican states in the U.S.: Republicans dominate the state government, and not since Jimmy Carter’s victory in 1976 has a Democrat carried Mississippi in a presidential race. “Fiscal responsibility” is a recurring theme in Mississippi politics, where Democrats are often characterized as people who couldn’t balance a budget if their lives depended on it. Yet the reality is that Mississippi is one of the most blatant examples of a state receiving more federal tax money than it gives: WalletHub finds that for every dollar in federal taxes Mississippi pays, it receives $3.07 from the federal government. A 2007 report from the Tax Foundation found that Mississippi was receiving $2.47 from the federal government for every dollar it was paying in.

The fact that Mississippi has a hard time making ends meet without help from Washington, DC stems from being a so-called “right to work” state, meaning it has a very low rate of unionization and plenty of low-wage jobs. Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the country, and Republican policies in that state—hostility to unions, opposition to raising the minimum wage at either the federal or state level, tax breaks for the wealthiest 1% of Americans—will likely keep Mississippi from being a substantial contributor to federal income taxes.

2. Alaska:  Alaska didn’t become part of the U.S. until 1959, and since then, it has gone Republican in every presidential race except 1964 (when Alaska favored Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson over Republican Barry Goldwater). A bastion of hard-right politics, Alaska is the state where Sarah Palin was elected governor in 2006. But when it comes to “small government,” Alaska Republicans don’t practice what they preach: according to WalletHub, Alaska receives $1.42 from the federal government for every dollar it contributes. Tax Foundation’s research showed Alaska receiving $1.93 from Uncle Sam for every dollar paid in. Alaska Republicans love to rail against the federal government, but the reality is that Alaska needs federal tax revenue badly in order to function.

Alaska is infamous for its harsh winters, which put considerable wear and tear on the state’s infrastructure—and the money for that much upkeep and maintenance has to come from somewhere. That somewhere is Boston, Santa Monica, Brooklyn, Seattle and all the other places that are full of upscale Democrats Palin considers “un-American."

3. Alabama:  Like Mississippi, Alabama is a state that hasn’t given a Democratic presidential candidate its electoral votes since 1976. Alabama is one of the most Republican-dominated states in the U.S., and it is also a state that is very reliant on the federal government. According to Wallet Hub’s study, Alabama receives 37% of its revenue from the federal government and receives $3.28 for every dollar it pays in federal taxes. Tax Foundation’s data showed Alabama receiving $2.03 in federal tax money for every dollar it was paying in.

There are ways in which Alabama could become less reliant on Washington, DC: raising the minimum wage and having a more unionized workforce would generate more income tax revenue. So would raising income taxes on Alabama’s 1%. But Alabama is a so-called “right to work” state, and a workforce that is generally underpaid and overworked isn’t going to generate a lot of federal income tax revenue. 

4. Louisiana:  In Republican-dominated Louisiana politics, it is fashionable to bash “big government liberals” who live in San Francisco or New York City. But when Louisiana Republicans do that, they are biting the hands that feed them. According to Wallet Hub’s research, Louisiana receives $3.35 from the federal government for every dollar it pays in; 44% of Louisiana's funding, WalletHub says, comes from Washington, DC.

Louisiana, under Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, is another “right-to-work” state, and a state with so many underpaid workers is naturally going to have a lot less income to tax. So instead of hating the “limousine liberals” in Seattle or Boston for voting Democrat, Louisiana Republicans should thank them for all the federal income tax revenue they are getting from them.

5. Indiana:  When Barack Obama won Indiana’s electoral votes in 2008, it was an anomaly: Indiana, which went Republican in every presidential election from 1968-2004, is one of the most conservative states in the Midwest and is much more Republican than Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois or Michigan. Pundits have often said that when it comes to politics, Indiana is “more southern than the South.” But the disdain that Indiana Republicans often express for “big government” rings false because according to Wallet Hub, Indiana receives $2.01 from the federal government for every federal tax dollar it contributes and receives 33% of its funding from Uncle Sam. Indiana Republicans can hate coastal Democrats all they want, but without the federal tax revenue Democratic areas generate, Indiana would have a hard time functioning.

6. Montana:  Montana has a long history of going Republican in presidential elections. Between 1952 and 2012, Montana went Republican in every presidential race except 1964 and 1992. But for a state that is so conservative-leaning, Montana receives a lot of help from the federal government: WalletHub’s research shows that Montana receives $1.55 from the federal government for every dollar it contributes (the Tax Foundation’s 2007 report found that Montana’s intake from Uncle Sam was $1.92 for every dollar paid). Montana faces the same challenge as Alaska—long, harsh winters that can put considerable stress on its infrastructure—and the idea that Montana could function without tax revenue is pure fantasy.

7. South Carolina:  The fact that South Carolina hasn’t gone Democrat in a presidential election since 1976 is a badge of honor to the state’s GOP. And Republican Gov. Nikki Haley once boasted, “I love that we are one of the least unionized states in the country.” But that is nothing to be proud of, especially in light of the fact that non-union workers tend to have lower wages and therefore, contribute less tax revenue. The Tax Foundation found that South Carolina was receiving $1.92 from the federal government for every federal tax dollar it was contributing.

Haley doesn’t think much of liberals, but considering that Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, Minnesota and New York State—all of which Obama won in both 2008 and 2012—are giving more tax dollars to the federal government than they are receiving, she might want to reconsider and start thanking them for their help.

8. West Virginia:  Although West Virginia presently has a Democratic governor (Earl Ray Tomblin) and has a Democratic majority in its state senate (most of them center-right Blue Dogs), it is still a conservative-leaning state with a strong Republican influence. Republicans have carried West Virginia in the last four presidential elections (Mitt Romney won 62% of West Virginia’s vote in 2012), but that doesn’t mean that the state doesn’t receive a lot of help from the federal government: WalletHub described West Virginia as a state that receives $2.22 in federal tax revenue for every dollar it pays, and the Tax Foundation’s figure in its 2007 study was $2.57 received per dollar paid.

Poverty has a lot to do with that: West Virginia is one of the poorest states in the country, with 17.6% of its population living in poverty from 2008-2012 compared to 14.9% nationwide (according to the U.S. Census Bureau). And with so many West Virginians living in poverty, they simply aren’t going to be a major source of income tax revenue.

9. Tennessee:  One of the ludicrous talking points from Republicans is that the poor aren’t paying enough taxes. Actually, the poor do pay a lot of taxes, from sales taxes to taxes on utilities. But according to Republicans, the poor are freeloaders because they aren’t paying enough federal income taxes—and one way to balance state budgets, they cluelessly argue, is to cut state services and raise state taxes on the poor. Republicans flunk math, however, because someone making $7.25 an hour is going to have a lot less to tax than someone making $30 or $40 an hour. And therein lies the budgetary problem for a so-called “right-to-work” state like Tennessee: too many of its residents are working low-paying, non-union service jobs that generate a lot less sales and other state tax revenue than the unionized jobs Republicans are so bitterly opposed to. Tennessee, according to WalletHub, receives $1.64 from the federal government for every federal tax dollar it contributes—and WalletHub notes that 41% of Tennessee’s funding comes from Uncle Sam.

10. Kentucky:  Kentucky, despite having a two-term Democratic governor (Steve Beshear), leans Republican: although Bill Clinton won Kentucky’s electoral votes in 1992 and 1996, that state has gone Republican in every other presidential race since 1980. Mitt Romney carried Kentucky by 22% in 2012, and many of the Democrats who hold office in the Bluegrass State are center-right Blue Dogs. But as widespread as talk of “small government” and “fiscal responsibility” are in Kentucky, WalletHub’s research shows that Kentucky receives $2.39 from the federal government for every dollar it pays. According to WalletHub, 35% of Kentucky’s revenue comes from Washington, DC. And the Tax Foundation found that Kentucky was receiving $1.75 from the federal government for every dollar paid.

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September 20, 2014, 10:05 pmHow Long Can the GOP Hide the Crazy?

How Long Can the GOP Hide the Crazy?

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By Dean Obeidallah15 hours ago
 
How Long Can the GOP Hide the Crazy?
How Long Can the GOP Hide the Crazy?
I have to give the Republicans credit for one thing in this election cycle. They’ve been able to keep their crazies quiet. But the big question is: Will some GOP crazy talk seep out between now November 4? In the words of Sarah Palin, I’d have to say, “You betcha.”

We’ve recently seen some glimmers of Republican lunacy. Just last week the Arizona State Republican Party’s vice-chair, Russell Pearce, offered this gem: “You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations.” Translation: forced sterilization of poor women to make sure they don’t have more babies. Pearce resigned on Sunday.

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That’s an awful remark. But that wouldn’t even get him to the GOP final four of crazy when you compare it with the crap we’ve heard come of the mouths of Republican candidates in recent years. 

Who can forget in 2012 the double whammy of GOP Senate candidates comments about rape? First, there was Rep. Todd Akin who told us when there’s a “legitimate rape” of a woman, her body somehow is able to magically block the unwanted pregnancy.

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Then came Indiana’s Senate nominee, Richard Mourdock, who told us that pregnancy from rape is in essence a good thing because it’s “something God intended.” Consequently he, like Akin, believed that women who were raped should be legally required to carry the rapist’s child to term.

And in 2010, there was Sharron Angle, who lost a possibly winnable Senate race against Harry Reid in Nevada with comments like people might need to look toward “Second Amendment remedies” to turn this country around and “the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.” It’s not often—in America at least- we see politicians suggest that maybe their political opponent should be shot.

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Now some might ask: Maybe we aren’t hearing those types of remarks because the Republican Party no longer has right-wing crazies? (I’ll pause so you can finish laughing.) True, some “wacko birds,” to quote John McCain, lost in the primaries this year, but still the GOP still is chock full o’ nuts.

And I think we are well positioned to see some of these candidates take a journey on the crazy train in the closing weeks of this election cycle. Why? Three reasons. First, the debates are coming up, and as we saw in 2012 with Mourdock, the more these people talk in an unscripted forum, the more likely the guano will ooze out.

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Second, in the tighter races, the candidates are feeling the heat. Consequently, they may make an unforced error or try to offer some red meat to the far right hoping it brings their base out in what’s expected to be a low-turnout election.

Finally, there are some male Republican candidates for Senate, like Colorado’s Corey Gardner and North Carolina’s Thom Tillis, who are playing with dynamite. By that I mean they’ve decided to talk birth control thinking it can help them, but one slip up on this issue, and cue the “Republican war on women” headlines.

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Any of these scenarios could be trouble for the GOP. And not just for the candidate who made the comment, but it could put Republicans on the defensive nationwide. So in the vein of March Madness, here are my picks for the Final Four of the 2014 GOP championship of crazy.

1. Jody Hice—Choosing Hice is like picking Duke or UConn in the NCAA basketball tournament. Hice, the GOP nominee in Georgia’s conservative 10th congressional district, has already given us a buffet of cuckoo. He has made horribly anti-gay and anti-Muslim comments, plus he thinks women should only run for political office if their husbands consent. And as Stephen Colbert noted two weeks ago, Hice recently confused a quote made by John Quincy Adams with one made by Dolly Parton.

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2. Rep. Joni Ernst—The GOP Senate nominee in the battleground state of Iowa has the potential to serve up a prime cut of crazy. During the primary, she stated that U.S. laws “come from God,” and judges must be aware of that when deciding cases. She has called Obama a “dictator,” suggested impeaching him, and advocated that states be able to nullify federal laws they don’t agree with. Plus she gave us a Palinesque commercial where she rode a Harley Davidson while shooting a gun, promising voters that “once she sets her sights on Obamacare, Joni’s gonna unload.”

3. Thom Tillis—Although the Republican Senate nominee in the Tar Heel State is a veteran politician, he still might just deliver up a whopper. In 2011, Tillis did give us a comment that conjures up the ghost of Mitt Romney’s 47 percent remark when he told a crowd: “what we have to do is find a way to divide and conquer the people who are on assistance.” And just a few months ago, Tillis offered us this beaut: Unlike blacks and Hispanics, the “traditional population” in our country isn’t growing.

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4. Sam Brownback—The Kansas Governor might be the sleeper in this race to crazy. He’s in a tight reelection campaign and he’s very right wing. In fact, during a TV interview in 2012, he told a female caller that if she didn’t like the fact that her boss didn’t want to cover her birth control because of his religious beliefs, she should “go work somewhere else.”

Those are my top four. Sure, I could’ve picked others. There are perennial wingnut powerhouses like Iowa Rep. Steve King and Texas’ resident wacko Rep. Louie Gohmert, but I’m feeling pretty good with my choices.

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So now it’s time sit back and let the games begin. I can almost guarantee you that in the final weeks of this campaign one of the above candidates will make headlines with some outrageous comment. For people like Hice, who is in a safe GOP district, it may not matter. But for those in tight races like Tillis and Ernst, one slip up could allow a Democratic candidate to be the Cinderella story of this year. And a few Akin-esque gaffes could actually help Democrats be bracket busters and retain control of the Senate and pick off a few governorships.

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September 19, 2014, 11:51 pmAnother GOP talking point on 'Obamacare' bites the dust

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President Barack Obama hugs Edna Pemberton before speaking with HealthCare.gov volunteers at Temple Emanu-El Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Dallas.
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Another GOP talking point on ‘Obamacare’ bites the dust

09/19/14 11:32 AM—Updated 09/19/14 12:17 PM
In April, President Obama stunned much of the political world with a striking announcement: 8 million Americans had enrolled through an exchange marketplace for health care coverage, well ahead of earlier projections. After a couple of months in which the Affordable Care Act didn’t work, the enrollment figures were powerful evidence of a remarkable success story.
 
Republicans, slightly stunned, scrambled to come up with a new complaint. The White House, they argued, “cooked the books.” The 8 million may sound impressive, GOP officials argued, but no one should take it seriously because we don’t know how many consumers will pay their premiums. Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus said as many as a third of these Americans don’t really count towards the overall tally.
 
In May, congressional Republicans were so invested in this talking point, they even released a painfully ridiculous “report” that was thoroughly discredited soon after its publication – the GOP lawmakers were exposed as having publishing fraudulent claims.
 
The conservative talking points look even worse now.
The Obama administration said Thursday that 7.3 million people who bought private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act had paid their premiums and were still enrolled.
 
Marilyn B. Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, disclosed the latest count at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
In other words, a little over 91% of the 8 million consumers who enrolled through an ACA exchange marketplace ended up getting insurance and paying for it. Everything Republicans claimed and predicted about this figure turned out to be wrong – which is a sentence I feel like I’ve typed quite a few times when it comes to Republicans and “Obamacare.”
 
Of course, 7.3 million isn’t exactly 8 million, and 91% isn’t 100%. Is this cause for concern for those hoping to see the American system succeed?
 
Actually, no. Igor Volsky explained that Americans’ interactions with the health care system change all the time, and that’s nothing new.
 
Maybe some folks used an exchange, but then got a job that offered employer-based coverage. Perhaps they enrolled, but then qualified for Medicaid or Medicare. Maybe a lot of things.
 
Whatever the case, the fact that 7.3 million American consumers enrolled and paid their premiums is evidence of success. The “death spiral” won’t happen; the chatter about the administration “cooking the books” was wrong.
 
What’s more, let’s not overlook the fact that most of the 7.3 million consumers are paying less than $100 a month for coverage.
 
Better yet, they like that coverage. Yesterday, the Commonwealth Fund released the results of a survey in which 68% of Americans who purchased coverage through the ACA are happy with their plans; 70% are confident they’ll get the care they need; and 71% are confident the care they receive will be of a high quality.
 
I’m trying to think of one thing the ACA’s conservative critics got right. I’m coming up empty.
 
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September 19, 2014, 1:13 amThis is how we do it Alaskan style Yo!

New Witness To Sarah Palin Brawl: Bristol Palin ‘Quite, Quite Violent,’ Punching Party Host In Face

Sarah Palin Brawl new witness emerges

A new witness to the Sarah Palin family brawl that took place at a house party in Anchorage on September 6 has come forward to paint a picture of actions by the Palin family that she described in at least once instance as “quite, quite violent.”

While Sarah Palin has not yet commented on the brawl or even acknowledged that it took place — and neither has any member of her family — Anchorage police have confirmed that the melee involving about 20 people did occur and that Sarah Palin and her clan were indeed present.

There have been two versions of the events, though one of those versions is supported only by an anonymous source “close to the family,” who told the story to the conservative political site Real Clear Politics.

In the Real Clear Politics version, Palin and her family are portrayed as victims, as the brawl was instigated by a young man who was once in a romantic relationship with Willow Palin. The man was displaying “questionable behavior” at the party and attempted to force his way into the Palin family stretch Hummer when the vehicle carrying the Palins arrived at the party.

The version of the Palin family as victims who were drawn into the brawl against their will was contradicted Tuesday by a new witness, Roberta Thompson, who attended the party at the home of Korey Klingenmeyer, and who told her version of events to Talking Points Memo.

Thompson, who admits she is “not a big fan” of Sarah Palin, is also the wife of Eric Thompson, who was suddenly fired from his job after telling his version of events at the Palin brawl to ABC News.

In Roberta Thompson’s account, Bristol Palin, the 23-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin, became “quite, quite violent” during the brawl, assaulting the party’s host.

“What I saw was two girls run past and run towards Korey,” Thompson told Talking Points Memo. “And then I just saw Bristol Palin start punching him in the face.”

She described Klingenmeyer’s reaction as upset, but composed.

“She kept punching him and then he just said, you know, ‘You need to go,'” the new witness said.

Klingenmeyer then took the Palins out of her sight, Thompson said, as he ejected them from the party.

Thompson herself did not see Sarah Palin involved in the fight. She noticed only that the former Republican Vice Presidential candidate was wearing red, white and blue high-top sneakers.

Another witness has described Sarah Palin “crawling over people” and screaming profanity during the brawl.

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