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(TPM) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Wednesday the prospect of lawmakers leaving Washington, D.C. for the holidays without tackling unemployment benefits as part of a new budget deal was "absolutely unconscionable."
Pelosi's comments at a Democratic press conference came less than 24 hours after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his Senate counterpart, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), unveiled a new budget deal. The $1.014 trillion deal does not include an extension of unemployment benefits. Democrats on Wednesday suggested the deal seemed more on the better side of what they could get.
(HuffPo) More than two months after Obamacare's ugly debut, the number of Americans using the system is starting to grow: Nearly 1.2 million people are on track to have health coverage in place next year from the law's health insurance exchanges, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.
This a.m. Steve Doocy is calling Obamacare the Affordable Care Act. Once he even began saying "Obamacare" but caught himself in the middle of the first syllable and changed it to "The Affordable Care Act."
Obviously there has been a memo countermanding the memo of several years ago based on Frank Luntz's recommendation to demonized the ACA as "Obamacare."
(TPM) "For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest faith to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is TIME’s 2013 Person of the Year," Time editor Nancy Gibbs wrote. Fugitive former security contractor Edward Snowden was named the runner-up.
(WaPo) The National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using "cookies" and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.
The agency's internal presentation slides, provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, show that when companies follow consumers on the Internet to better serve them advertising, the technique opens the door for similar tracking by the government. The slides also suggest that the agency is using these tracking techniques to help identify targets for offensive hacking operations.
(TPM) The political damage absorbed by President Obama and his signature legislative achievement appears to have subsided, a poll released Tuesday found.
According to the latest Pew Research Center/USA Today poll, Obama's approval rating has finally ended what's been a five-month dip, although his standing is still considerably lower than where it was at the start of the year. The poll showed 45 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing, compared with 49 percent who disapprove.
(MLive) Agema, who used a poorly-sourced website to denounce "filthy homosexuals" earlier this year, reiterated his opposition to same-sex relationships on Thursday at the Berrien County Republican Party Holiday Reception.
... "Folks, they (gay people) want free medical because they're dying (when they're) between 30 and 44 years old," Agema said. "To me, it's a moral issue. It's a Biblical issue. Traditional marriage is where it should be and it's in our platform. Those in our party who oppose traditional marriage are wrong."
(Tampabay.com) "Senator Rubio spent time looking at all the options and decided to enroll through the DC exchange for coverage for him and his family," a spokeswoman told the Buzz. The deadline was today.
Rubio took the federal subsidy afforded to lawmakers and staff -- a perk some Republicans wanted to kill off.
(AP) U.S. banks will be barred in most cases from trading for their own profit under a federal rule approved Tuesday. The Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. each unanimously voted to adopt the so-called Volcker Rule, taking a major step toward preventing extreme risk-taking on Wall Street that helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis.
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