Hi, Rhode Island! Enjoy your 10% #Obamacare hikes!
If you’re lucky. Rhode Island Health Insurance Commissioner Christopher F. Koller has approved 2014 health insurance rates that he called “significantly lower” than those requested — but that still involve increases in premiums. [snip] For the majority of Rhode Islanders who get health insurance from large employers, rates will go up, on average, 9.5 percent to 12 percent.
Wind power kills birds. Birds that Greenies are supposedly FOND of.
Look, the news that the extinct-for-the-area white-throated needletail bird had been spotted in Scotland – only to be promptly sucked into a wind turbine, accompanied by the screams of horrified amateur ornithologists – should not be surprising. Wind farms are Giant Scythes Of Swinging Doom, when it comes to birds. The American Bird Conservancy rather desperately wants to support wind power, which is why they’re | Read More »
Hobby Lobby will not be fined for pursuing liberty of conscience contraception case.
Good news for the craft store chain: In a health care decision giving hope to opponents of the federal birth-control coverage mandate, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Hobby Lobby stores won’t have to start paying millions of dollars in fines next week for not complying with the requirement. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver decided the Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts | Read More »
Why the Democrats are about to HAMMER young people on student loan rates.
You’d think that the Democrats would be capable of basic constituency services. But apparently not: Senate Democrats battled among themselves over student loans Thursday, holding dueling news conferences about the right way to prevent interest rates from doubling in four days. It was an unusual situation for the party with an issue on which it has typically been united. And the split all but guaranteed | Read More »
IRS Agents keep taking the Fifth.
Not to distract from the Supreme Court wars, but there’s an ostensibly nonpartisan situation going on over at House Oversight: A second IRS employee summoned to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee invoked the Fifth Amendment on Wednesday and refused to answer questions — a flashback to Lois Lerner, who did the same during a hearing on the agency’s scandal last month. Gregory Roseman, | Read More »
Remember: today is Barack Obama’s War On Coal speech.
The only real question is whether Barack Obama will use the actual phrase. Certainly, his administration is trying to get the notion out there: “The one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants,” Daniel P. Schrag, a member of the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, told the New York | Read More »
The Twinkie Returneth.
Note what Hostess is tagging the box with, too: The company that went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year is back up and running under new owners and a leaner structure. It says it plans to have Twinkies and other snack cakes back on shelves starting July 15. Based on the outpouring of nostalgia sparked by its demise, Hostess is | Read More »
Ed Snowden flees Hong Kong, goes to… Russia.
This isn’t civil disobedience, by the way: civil disobedience is when you tell the cops to go ahead and arrest you, the legal system to go ahead and convict you, and the government to go ahead and actually put you in jail. Civil disobedience is about doing what you think is right and accepting the consequences. Otherwise, it’s presumption, arrogance, and the arrogant presumption of | Read More »
Joe Biden(?) surrogates continue quiet internal war against Hillary Clinton surrogates.
Quiet, but deadly. The decision to keep U.S. personnel in Benghazi with substandard security was made at the highest levels of the State Department by officials who have so far escaped blame over the Sept. 11 attack, according to a review of recent congressional testimony and internal State Department memos by Fox News. Nine months before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three | Read More »
Why Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act may be going away.
Justice Anthony Kennedy is apparently spreading marmalade on his English muffins again: During oral arguments in the Voting Rights Act case, a majority of justices appeared prepared to turn aside the solicitor general’s argument that the law’s requirement that jurisdictions with a track record of racial discrimination preclear any changes to their voting systems with Washington. Justice Antonin Scalia dismissed this feature of the Voting | Read More »
Mayors Against Illegal Guns supporters mourn death of… Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
…Wait. What? The event had people supporting the Mayors Against Illegal Guns movement, founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reading the names of those “killed with guns” since the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary outside their “No More Names” bus. [snip] Some of the loudest shouts came when a reader spoke the name of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon | Read More »
Alaska’s LT GOV Mead Treadwell to run for Senate in 2014.
Well, this should be interesting: Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) announced Tuesday that he will officially challenge Sen. Mark Begich (D) in 2014, transitioning from an exploratory committee to a full-fledged campaign. “This intense exploratory effort has convinced me that I have the support necessary to build a winning campaign,” Treadwell said on his Web site. “Today I’m taking the next step by announcing | Read More »
Sir Donald Berwick (D) to run for Governor of Massachusetts. …That’s *Massachusetts*.
Best known, of course, for his advocacy of (and eventual fall over) health care rationing, Sir* Donald Berwick has modestly decided to run for Governor of Massachusetts: “As a doctor, an educator, an innovator and someone who has dedicated his professional career to making things work better and to helping people – I am ready to lead,” the Newton Democrat said in a statement announcing | Read More »
TNR… trying to make the case for Rand Paul in 2016.
OK, I don’t normally fisk, but I gotta do this one. From The New Republic’s rather alarmed profiling of Senator Rand Paul: In the Senate, Paul gained a reputation as an eccentric. Staffers often saw him wandering alone into the cafeteria, buying his own coffee, getting his own lunch—which, they noted, was not very senatorial. That’s a damning indictment of the Senate, frankly. Nor was | Read More »
@SenWhitehouse must think “meretricious” means “proof my staff can’t do research.”
Executive summary: Heritage scholar Dr. Salim Furth was testifying to the Senate Budget Committees about European austerity programs, and how “to date, ‘austerity’ in Europe has consisted mainly of tax increases.” This apparently upset Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat from Rhode Island, and don’t worry if you don’t recognize the name: he’s usually a complete nonentity, frankly)… So when Whitehouse got his turn to ask the | Read More »