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Oct 12, 2009 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Weekly Standard: The Washington Post reports on a new study commissioned by America's Health Insurance Providers: "The report makes clear that several major provisions in the current legislative proposal will cause health care costs to increase far faster and higher than they would under the current system," Karen Ignagni, AHIP's president and ...

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Oct 12, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Agencie France Presse: The dollar's position as the world's leading reserve currency faces increased pressure as the financial crisis allows emerging economies greater influence on the world stage, analysts said. A report last week in The Independent claiming that China, Russia and Gulf States are among nations prepared to ditch the dollar for oil trades has heightened ...

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Oct 11, 2009 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Campaign For Liberty: Michael Connelly covers Bill 3200: The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009 From Michael Connelly - Retired attorney, Constitutional Law Instructor, Carrollton , Texas Well, I have done it! I have read the entire text of proposed House Bill 3200: The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009. I studied it with particular emphasis ...

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Oct 11, 2009 10 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Examiner: by Anthony G. Martin From the very start of Barack Obama's rather odd, meteoric rise to prominence in American politics, many of us on the conservative side voiced our suspicions that something subversive was under way. Too many strange coincidences, too many troublesome alliances, too much hype in too short a period of time all pointed to ...

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Oct 11, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

From Jake Tapper's "Political Punch": The Democratic National Committee has agreed to pull a TV ad featuring former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., following objections Dole conveyed to the White House that the ad twists his support for a bipartisan compromise for health care reform legislation into something else entirely. The ad, which was set to ...

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Oct 10, 2009 6 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Oct 10, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Politico: Declaring that the drive for health care reform is “in its final days,” President Barack Obama is trying to push legislation over the finish line by touting what he says is an unprecedented outpouring of bipartisan support from former Republican lawmakers and officials for an overhaul of the nation’s health insurance system. “The historic movement to ...

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Oct 8, 2009 6 Comments ›› Erik Wong

"This time, the stimulus really will create jobs. No, really."

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Oct 8, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

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Oct 8, 2009 Comments Off Erik Wong

The Hill: House Democrats are floating the idea of a windfall-profits tax on the private health insurance industry as a way to finance their healthcare overhaul, and to drum up support among members of a divided caucus. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the windfall profits tax idea "very preliminary," saying she's asked House Ways and Means ...

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Oct 8, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Financial Times: The falling US dollar is giving ammunition to the critics of the Obama administration and fuelling broader concerns about the potential erosion of America’s reserve currency status. Republican politicians have highlighted the dollar’s slide as evidence of waning US power. Sarah Palin, the former vice-presidential Republican candidate, on Wednesday sought to link the dollar decline to ...

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Oct 8, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Politico: It’s the biggest mystery in global finance right now: Who conducted a sneak attack on the U.S. dollar this week? It began with a thinly sourced but highly explosive report Monday in a British newspaper: Arab oil sheiks are conspiring with the Russians and Chinese to quit using the dollar to set the value of oil ...

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Oct 7, 2009 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Oct 7, 2009 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Politico: The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Senate Finance Committee’s health reform bill will cost $829 billion over 10 years – bringing it well within the president’s $900 billion target and clearing the way for a committee vote as early as Friday. The CBO also said the bill would cover 94 percent of Americans and reduce ...

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Oct 7, 2009 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Oct 7, 2009 6 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Washington Times: Nearly $1 million in Homeland Security funding typically earmarked for fire departments has been awarded to ACORN, despite a clear signal from Congress that it intends to cut off federal funding to the embattled group. The grant to ACORN's Louisiana office became public on Oct. 2, less than three weeks after the House and Senate ...

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Oct 7, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

How about "anyone who's watched a Michael Moore movie is a rape victim"

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Oct 7, 2009 8 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Oct 7, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Politico: Never mind the green shoots. Gloom and doom are back. On Friday, national unemployment was reported at 9.8 percent with a loss of more than 260,000 jobs, leaving a staggering 15.1 million Americans out of work — a downside surprise to analysts who were expecting a better result for September. The Dow Jones, which had been on ...

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Oct 6, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Independent: In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning – along with China, Russia, Japan and France – to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for ...

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Oct 5, 2009 3 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Fox News: The Federal Trade Commission will try to regulate blogging for the first time, requiring writers on the Web to clearly disclose any freebies or payments they get from companies for reviewing their products. The FTC said Monday its commissioners voted 4-0 to approve the final Web guidelines, which had been expected. Violating the rules, which ...

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Oct 5, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

MSNBC: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The United States has long suspected that much of the billions of dollars it has sent Pakistan to battle militants has been diverted to the domestic economy and other causes, such as fighting India. Now the scope and longevity of the misuse is becoming clear: Between 2002 and 2008, while al-Qaida regrouped, only ...

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Oct 5, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

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Oct 5, 2009 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Oct 5, 2009 Comments Off Erik Wong

ABC News: Think the White House may want to work on its vote-counting operation before the health care bill makes it to the Senate floor? Think the CBO might be just as brutal as the IOC -- with scoring that counts just as much? Think the public debate over Afghanistan strategy gets any easier as events shape perceptions? Nobody ...

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