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November 24, 2013
12:50 // 4 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 // 4 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 // 5 months ago
November 3, 2013
14:25 // 5 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 // 5 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 // 5 months ago

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 // 5 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 // 5 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 // 5 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 // 6 months ago