The Official End of “If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Your Doctor.”
Via Mark Knoller, WebMD has posted a video of an interview of Obama consisting of questions asked by WebMD users about Obamacare. Notably, in this interview, Obama was finally forced to concede what conservative health policy wonks have been saying since before the bill was passed – that under Obamacare, you might not be able to keep your doctor if you like your doctor. Pres | Read More »
Innovation in America: It’s All About the “Killer App”
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss dueling views of Bill Gates and Mohamed El-Erian about innovation in business, why modern innovation is all about the “killer app,” and what this climate means for the future of jobs.
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Nancy Pelosi seems to think that #obamacare is *still* a winner.
So, Nancy Pelosi…
Um. Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi. P-E-L-O-S-I. She used to be Speaker of the House, remember? Yeah, back in 2010. She stopped being Speaker…
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IMF Bailout Exposes Schism in Party
If you are looking for an illustration of why we need to replace most of these failed Republican incumbents, look no further than Lindsey Graham’s hot mic comment to John Kerry today. As I noted earlier, Senate Democrats have attached to the Ukraine bill an IMF bailout that will weaken our power on the international stage. McConnell and the Senate Republican Surrender Conference are willing | Read More »
Democrats’ Koch Strategy and the GOP Should Be Concerned
H/T to ole’ Tommy Crown for this. https://twitter.com/ThomasHCrown/status/444139125675814912 Greg Sargent, upon first read, is really overcomplicating/explaining an overcomplicated strategy with regard to the frequent Democratic attacks on the Koch Brothers and their organizations, notably Americans For Prosperity. In the Louisiana Senate race, the leading Republican, Bill Cassidy, will be tied to AFP for the ads running in the state (it is important to note that | Read More »
McConnell Prepared to Cut Backroom Deal on IMF Bailout
Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a bill to authorize loan guarantees for Ukraine, similar to the bill that passed the House last week. The loan guarantee bill doesn’t directly increase spending; rather it adds Ukraine to the list of countries eligible for Economic Support Fund (ESF) grants. ESF grants have already been appropriated and are used as “walking around cash” for the State | Read More »
Minnesota’s state #Obamacare exchange wants more money!
HAHAHA God help us all. MNsure wants to spend an additional $12.5 million this year to continue repairs to its website and call center, officials said Wednesday, as they unveiled plans for a balanced budget in 2015. Jim Geraghty helpfully notes: The state has spent about $100 million so far on creating its exchange. State officials had expected MNsure to enroll up to 1.3 million | Read More »
Crimea, Ukraine and the Agony of Impotence
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently compared actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler in 1938 in Czechoslovakia. Although this is hyperbole bordering on veritable absurdity, there are similarities that may explain the roots of the current conflict. In both instances the seeds of despair were planted about twenty years earlier by reckless politicians who drew maps of new countries with flagrant disregard to people’s culture, religion and language. In Germany they were driven by revenge and in the Crimea by expediency.
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How Many People Have Actually Enrolled in Obamacare?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss White House enrollment claims for Obamacare, if the administration can get enough healthy young people on board and if the recent special election in Florida shows that Democrats will have a hard time defending Obamacare this fall.
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Operating Engineers Union Shovels $165,000 to Ohio Republicans
Last year Ohio Republicans received $165,450 from International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 18, whose campaign against Right to Work has demonized workplace freedom as poisonous and communist.
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Google’s Faux Privacy Outrage, #01100010 01110101 01101100 01101100 01110011 01101000 01101001 01110100
My old pal Eric Schmidt – you know, the guy who was hanging out in Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters on Election Day eve in 2012, only to later bankroll a consulting firm exclusively for Democrats – is at it again, trying to convince the world that he and Google are really, for serious, super-duper upset about the NSA invading our privacy. Schmidt told a conference | Read More »
Right-Wing Mobs? No, A Cleaning Crew.
I was not with Ann Coulter in her support of Chris Christie for President. And it took me a lot longer to get to Romney. Ann went to him once it became clear Christie wasn’t running. I waited till all the others were eliminated. But I like Ann and I find myself with her more often than not. But not with her defense of Mitch | Read More »
Tech at Night: Let’s talk about Sprint. Some Tor/Bitcoin child pornographers shut down.
Sprint is doing what I said Sprint would do all along. Remember when AT&T wanted to buy T-Mobile? Sprint funded a campaign by radical leftists to claim the #2 firm and the #4 firm coming together would be unbearably detrimental to competition, and would hinder American wireless.
Sprint’s new Japanese owners want T-Mobile, they want the #3 firm and the #4 firm to merge together into one, still reducing top-tier competition by one firm, according to the beancounting they used to do. T-Mobile claims it’s inevitable, but Sprint is playing an unfortunate game. They’re using all the left-wing, ridiculous talking points about Internet access in America to push their case.
The problem with that, never mind that Japan’s population density is nothing like America’s, and therefore no comparison is Apples-to-Apples. But as Jon Henke points out, now that Sprint laid out the case against a similar merger, they’re probably going to have to enter into an FCC-empowering agreement in order to get this deal done. That harms Sprint, and that harms America.
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, Internet Sales Tax
, Jay Rockefeller
, Retransmission Consent
, Sales tax
, Steve Scalise
, Tech at Night
Neither Liberals nor Cynical Realists Can Govern As Well As Liberated Citizens
According to Alan Wolfe Conservatives hate Government and therefore it logically follows they can’t run one. According to Jim Geraghty, Liberals are enraptured with government and therefore it runs them. If I step back from each man’s grandiose attempts at assumption without loss of generality, it is probable to me that they both have a point*.
Tags: Affective Death Spiral
, Alan Wolfe
, Aldous Huxley
, Cynical Realism
, Election 2016
, Happy Death Spiral
, Hillary Clinton
, Jim Geraghty
, Rand Paul
, tea party
, Ted Cruz
Keep the Web Free of New Taxes and Regulations
Today marks the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web. In order to be sure we have something to celebrate on the Web’s 50th birthday, it is essential we keep the Web free from new regulations. On March 12, 1989, British researcher Sir Tim Berners-Lee proposed a concept for an “information management” system. The system would use the global network architecture underlying the then-burgeoning Internet | Read More »