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October 28, 2013

Good news, individually-mandated Americans: You have a little extra time.

  • six the number of extra weeks you’ll have to figure out your health care sitch, after the Obama administration extended the enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act until March 31, 2014. source
20:53 // 8 months ago

Stuff you may have missed: Monday, October 28

Remember that whole situation where Dick Durbin accused a GOP leader of being a jerk to Obama? Durbin admits it didn’t happen, but that a miscommunication led to the gaffe.

Have a friend who owns a pair of Google Glass? You should probably be really nice to him or her over the next few weeks.

Obama doesn’t like leaks. He dislikes them so much, in fact, that his dislike has set a historic precedent.

Soon you’ll need a list to track the best “best college” lists.

Want to make a digital marketer lose their marbles? Send ‘em this article.

20:26 // 8 months ago

Healthcare.Gov just lost a stock photo model who got more than she bargained for when she unwittingly became the poster girl for the government’s technical issues. Who is she, and where did she go?

1:01 // 8 months ago
October 14, 2013
We stand a good chance of defaulting.
U.S. President Obama says on the government shutdown and debt ceiling negotiations between Democrat and Republican parties. 
18:50 // 9 months ago
October 11, 2013
I told the president exactly the same thing I have told you here today: That we need to work together and fund the government and at the same time provide substantial relief to the millions of people who are hurting because of Obamacare, who are losing their jobs, being forced into part-time work and losing their health insurance. If the outcome doesn’t impact people who are struggling, who are hurting because of Obamacare, then I don’t think it would be a good outcome.
Senator Ted Cruz • Giving his (we suspect not verbatim) account of his meeting today at the White House with President Obama. Cruz was there with several Republican senators, and reportedly confronted Obama over the Affordable Care Act, which as you can see above (to say nothing of his 20+ hour non-filibuster effort last month), he nearly defines vehemency in his opposition. The White House’s negotiating posture on this seems to be holding firm, however, having rejected a Republican offer earlier today to pass a stop-gap six-week debt limit extension in return for negotiations on the budget. source
19:33 // 9 months ago
October 8, 2013
19:47 // 9 months ago
October 4, 2013
So Obama went to Taylor Gourmet for lunch today, a DC restaurant chain which has delightful wheat bread and a propensity to misspell my first name.

So Obama went to Taylor Gourmet for lunch today, a DC restaurant chain which has delightful wheat bread and a propensity to misspell my first name.

14:04 // 9 months ago
October 1, 2013
I shouldn’t have to offer [the Republicans] anything. They’re not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do. That’s part of their basic function of government; that’s not doing me a favor. That’s doing what the American people sent them here to do, carrying out their responsibilities.

President Obama to NPR’s Steve Inskeep  [full transcript here] (via npr)

President Obama spoke to Inskeep yesterday, hours prior to the government shutdown. The above passage isn’t a departure from what he’s said so far — he’s been openly critical of ‘hostage-taking’ behavior by the House GOP. But the above statement represents the core standoff the President finds himself in, one that the GOP may suspect, rightly or wrongly, they can find some leverage on. Given Obama’s past willingness to wheel and deal in situations when his side can claim a high-ground of responsibility and adulthood, even liberal supporters do have feasible, credible reasons to fear an extracted compromise on delaying or weakening the ACA. If you’re taking him at his word, though, and the words are stern enough to stake his authority on, no such negotiation seems pending.

20:22 // 9 months ago
September 25, 2013

The irony of Ted Cruz reading “Green Eggs and Ham”

pol102 says: Isn’t Green Eggs and Ham a book about a cranky curmudgeon who says he hates something until he tries it—and then discovers that he actually likes it?

» SFB says: I haven’t checked it lately using an in-depth analysis, but I think it is. — Ernie @ SFB


12:17 // 10 months ago
September 22, 2013
We broke the great race barrier with President Obama but it’s time that we also really ask ourselves deep down what it’s going to take to elect a woman president. And I will certainly do what I can when that time comes to elect somebody – whoever that somebody might be.
Hillary Clinton teases the American public at a Miami speech, continuing to sideline a definite answer on whether or not she’s running for United States presidency come 2016. Here’s a more direct answer from Clinton herself. 


13:10 // 10 months ago