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December 3, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 3, 2013

Detroit can go ahead with the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history ($18 billion in debt, for those playing at home), which is bad news for retired city workers, who now find their pensions facing a sudden threat.

Earlier this year, a Nigerian man spent three days trapped at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, surviving thanks to an air bubble on his sunken ship. He thinks the rescue was divine deliverance.

Kim Jong-Un apparently fired his uncle, who was a powerful deal-broker in the country. Couldn’t negotiate that one, it seems.

Good news for Obama’s Kenya-born uncle: He won’t be forced out of the U.S., after a judge threw out a deportation notice.

Two companies that nobody likes can officially get married.

19:38 // 7 months ago
msnbc:

Got a question for President Obama? Now is your chance to ask him.
Hardball host Chris Matthews will sit down for a Q&A with the commander-in-chief on Thursday at American University in Washington, D.C.  During the town hall-style interview, Obama will also answer students’ questions, in addition to some of yours, via the official “Let’s Play Hardball” group on msnbc.com.
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Picture-Alliance/DPA/AP Images)

"So what does it feel like to be like the millionth person to upstage Chris Matthews?"

msnbc:

Got a question for President Obama? Now is your chance to ask him.

Hardball host Chris Matthews will sit down for a Q&A with the commander-in-chief on Thursday at American University in Washington, D.C.  During the town hall-style interview, Obama will also answer students’ questions, in addition to some of yours, via the official “Let’s Play Hardball” group on msnbc.com.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Picture-Alliance/DPA/AP Images)

"So what does it feel like to be like the millionth person to upstage Chris Matthews?"

19:05 // 7 months ago
November 30, 2013

More on “rooting for failure”

poorrichardsnews said: Conservatives are not cheering the pain of regular people. We are cheering the failure of Obamacare and policies like it that HURT regular people. I have no shame in cheering Obama’s policy failures b/c they are harmful to the American people.

» SFB says: But where were the news conferences, the Fox News alerts, the parading of people who couldn’t get their lifesaving cancer treatments under the old system? Where was the media attention when thousands of people were routinely dumped once they got sick? When did Republicans in Congress hold an oversight hearing on the leading cause of personal bankruptcy—medical debt? — Ernie @ SFB

11:41 // 8 months ago
November 25, 2013
sasquatchmedia:

"Girl, you so big!"
— Obama reacting to Mount Rainier (h/t Bettina Hansen of The Seattle Times)

The President too likes sunsets!

sasquatchmedia:

"Girl, you so big!"

— Obama reacting to Mount Rainier (h/t Bettina Hansen of The Seattle Times)

The President too likes sunsets!

15:35 // 8 months ago
November 24, 2013
12:50 // 8 months ago
Today, that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure. A future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon.
United States President Barack Obama said late Saturday night in a statement that took place just as the news came in about nations in Geneva working with Iran to finally reach a deal over its nuclear weapons program. 
11:06 // 8 months ago
November 7, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 7, 2013

In a landmark move for the gay rights movement, the Senate has passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill (floating around in various forms since 1994) that bans discrimination against people on basis of their sexuality or gender identity. That’s the good news. The bad news is that John Boehner is sitting on his hands.

President Obama is really, really, really, really, really freaking sorry that the health care law isn’t working out like he promised.

Virginia has a new governor-elect, but the scandal around the current governor is just getting good. Too bad.

Microsoft has finally figured out that you can’t update a web browser every five years.

Legendary pastor Billy Graham just turned 95. He’s still kickin’.

21:08 // 8 months ago
November 3, 2013
14:25 // 8 months ago
October 30, 2013
For the vast majority of people who have health insurance that works, you can keep it. For the fewer than five percent of Americans who buy insurance on your own, you will be getting a better deal. So anybody peddling the notion that insurers are canceling peoples’ plans without mentioning that almost all the insurers are encouraging people to join better plans with the same carrier and stronger benefits and stronger protections … you’re being grossly misleading. To say the least.
President Obama • Defending himself from recent criticism over cancellation notices for a small percentage of Americans’ existing health coverage plans, as a result of minimum standards contained in the Affordable Care Act. This is an understood consequence of the law — in mandating private health insurance coverage for the public, there needs to be some baseline level of what constitutes sufficient coverage. Republicans have lambasted Obama as having lied to the public in the lead-up to the ACA’s passage, when he assured that those satisfied with their present insurance plans would be able to keep them. source
20:41 // 9 months ago
October 28, 2013

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date — the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example — the policy would not be grandfathered.

Yikes. Looks like you’re going to need those six extra weeks, if this NBC News report is correct.
21:04 // 9 months ago