[FoxNews.com] For America’s businesses, the Obama administration has an unpleasant holiday surprise.
A new report on the government’s regulatory actions was released just before Thanksgiving, and it contains more than 3,300 rules — which the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) estimates will cost more than $1.8 trillion to implement on an annual basis.
At a time when the economy is still struggling to zoom out of its post-recession rut, businesses worry that the crush of regulation is another sandbag weighing down the recovery.
Obama dismisses IRS targeting of conservatives: ‘They’ve got a list, and suddenly everybody’s outraged’
[DailyCaller.com] President Obama rejected the notion that the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups was illegal — or even improper — during his interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Thursday.
Obama was at American University to sell his flailing health care law to the young people upon which the insurance exchanges heavily rely. As promised, Matthews allowed him to make his pitch with no tough questions or pushback.
But the interview became interesting when the Hardball host asked why Americans were growing increasingly skeptical of government. Obama noted that the media never seems interested in government success stories. “When we do things right, they don’t get a lot of attention,” he said.
[HumanEvents.com] Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, has died at the age of 95 from a lung infection. He had previously battled tuberculosis while imprisoned in the late 1980s. Yahoo News offers a capsule summary of his career:
Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918, he was one of the world’s most revered statesmen and revolutionaries who led the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. A qualified lawyer from the University College of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand, Mandela served as the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
[Newsmax.com] The price for building the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov should have topped out at less than $10 million, tech experts have claimed.
“I would say to build a site like this with the infrastructure, the architecture around it, you are looking at maybe $5 million to $10 million at a very maximum rate,” David Kennedy, President and CEO of TrustedSec also known as the “White Hat Hacker” told Sean Hannity on Fox News Wednesday.
“It isn’t rocket science,” Kennedy said. “Web application development is a proven science. Companies do it all the time.”
[WND MEDIA] She’s the intelligent, gorgeous, Democratic commentator at Fox News who has been an atheist for much of her life until she says she had a personal encounter with Jesus.
It was in 2006 during an overseas trip that Kirsten Powers says, “I woke up in what felt like a strange cross between a dream and reality. Jesus came to me and said, ‘Here I am.’”
“It felt so real. I didn’t know what to make of it,” Powers explains in Christianity Today. “I called my boyfriend, but before I had time to tell him about it, he told me he had been praying the night before and felt we were supposed to break up. So we did. Honestly, while I was upset, I was more traumatized by Jesus visiting me.
“I tried to write off the experience as misfiring synapses, but I couldn’t shake it. When I returned to New York a few days later, I was lost. I suddenly felt God everywhere and it was terrifying. More important, it was unwelcome. It felt like an invasion. I started to fear I was going crazy.”
[HumanEvents.com] A common theme in much of the “Fixing California” series has been the central role of union power in preserving a Golden State status quo that helps the few and harms the many.
In schools, the interests of unionized teachers trump the needs of students. In local government, the compensation given to unionized workers often reflects their political clout, not the pay and benefits necessary to keep them on the job. In the Legislature, public employees are so powerful that union lobbyists have been known to openly browbeat lawmakers who don’t do their bidding.
So how can Californians loosen this union chokehold? By adopting a reform that’s both better for governance and fairer to union workers than the status quo.
[HotAir.com] Maybe millenials finally started paying attention to the bills due from ObamaCare, or perhaps they’ve just had enough sales pitches to last them a lifetime. According to a new poll of more than 2,000 adults conducted by Harvard, young voters have turned against Obama, and NSA surveillance might have been the catalyst:
Young Americans are turning against Barack Obama and Obamacare, according to a new survey of Millennials, people between the ages of 18 and 29 who are vital to the fortunes of the president and his signature health-care law.
The most startling finding of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics: A majority of Americans under age 25 – the youngest Millennials – would favor throwing Obama out of office. (Click to read more)
[CNSNews.com] – A new study pointing to a link between breast cancer and abortion among Chinese women may breathe new life into a debate over a long-contentious issue which both sides have accused the other of exploiting to promote its cause.
The meta-analysis by Chinese researchers, published in the peer-reviewed journal Cancer Causes and Control, found a 44 percent increased breast cancer risk after an abortion. It also found that the risk grew significantly with subsequent abortions – a 76 percent increase after two abortions, 89 percent after three.
“In summary, the most important implication of this study is that IA [induced abortion] was significantly associated with an increased risk of breast cancer among Chinese females, and the risk of breast cancer increases as the number of IA increases,” said the authors, from the Tianjin Medical University Cancer Hospital’s epidemiology and biostatistics department.
[Breitbart.com] Recent polling shows that an election wave of anti-ObamaCare sentiment is growing, and it is not only likely to hand the GOP control of the United States Senate, but might wipe out as many as 12 Democrat seats–many of which looked safe just a few months ago.
Back in July, Five Thirty Eight’s election guru Nate Silver believed that control of the Senate was a tossup. That has all changed now that voters got their first real look at the brutal consequences of ObamaCare.
Starting with the generic ballot that simply pits Republican lawmakers against their Democrat counterparts, the movement towards the GOP has been striking.
In the Real Clear Politics average of these polls, going back as far as the beginning of the year, Democrats have consistently led by 3 to 4 points. During the government shutdown, Democrats leaped to 6 and 7 point leads. Since the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare, though, Republicans are not only in the lead by 2.5 points, they have led in every poll but one since November 10.
[LATimes.com] By James Barragan, Samantha Schaefer and Adolfo Flores
Officials said it could take some time before investigators know how fast a Porsche was traveling when it crashed in Santa Clarita on Saturday, killing “Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker and another man.
Walker, 40, and his friend, whom witness Jim Torp identified as Roger Rodas, took a red Porsche out for a spin as a charity event held in support of Walker’s organization Reach Out Worldwide was winding down…
[FloppingAces.net] by Wordsmith: If you’re a turkey right now and still alive, stay out of the kitchen, don’t answer the door, and don’t accept rides from strangers.
PETA says turkeys are being bred to have such large breasts that some are dying of heart attacks. The Real Housewives of Orange County were shocked to hear you can die from that.
In Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a turkey knocked out electrical power to 1500 homes when it flew into a power line. Jay (Leno) wonders if the turkey was on a suicide mission to help save his friends…
[FloppingAces.net] It’s been impossible not to enjoy a healthy dose of schadenfreude over the debacle that Obamacare’s rollout has been. And aside from the most blind true believers out there on the left, America has come to realize that it’s only going to get worse. As Jonah Goldberg pointed out, after giving the caveats that there’s nothing funny about the harm Obamacare has already caused.
“If you can’t take some joy, some modicum of relief and mirth, in the unprecedently spectacular beclowning of the president, his administration, its enablers, and, to no small degree, liberalism itself, then you need to ask yourself why you’re following politics in the first place. Because, frankly, this has been one of the most enjoyable political moments of my lifetime.”
[Newsmax.com] The Obama administration moved on Tuesday to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning.
The effort is an attempt to reduce the role of such loosely regulated yet influential super PACS as Crossroads GPS, which was co-founded by GOP political strategist Karl Rove, and Priorities USA, which ran searing ads against rivals of President Barack Obama to support his re-election last year.
The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department proposed new rules that they said would prohibit such groups from using “candidate-related political activity” like running advertisements, registering voters or distributing campaign literature as activities that qualify them to be tax-exempt “social welfare” organizations.
[FoxNews.com] WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has agreed to hear another challenge to President Obama’s health care law — this time on the so-called contraception mandate.
The justices announced Tuesday that they will take up the long-running dispute over whether businesses can use religious objections to avoid a requirement in the law to cover birth control for employees. Despite the 2012 high court ruling that upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, dozens of lawsuits have continued to proceed from companies asking to be spared from having to cover some or all forms of contraception.
The matter has divided the lower courts. The Supreme Court could consider the challenge as early as March.
[American Spectator] Rick Santorum’s grandparents had three photographs hanging on a wall in their home when young Rick was growing up: Jesus, the pope, and John F. Kennedy. Back then, Santorum recalled in an October 2011 speech to College of Saint Mary Magdalen students, “Kennedy was an icon.” Later, after reading one of Kennedy’s speeches, Santorum “almost threw up.”
Kennedy’s September 1960 address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association “was the beginning of the secular movement of politicians to separate their faith from the public square,” Santorum griped. “He threw faith under the bus.”
But had the former presidential hopeful read about what came after Kennedy’s infamous speech, he would have acknowledged that there were many who were far more gag-worthy than Kennedy.
[Newsmax.com] A new national poll shows that only four out of every 10 Americans believe President Barack Obama is managing the government “effectively” and 53 percent do not believe he is “honest and trustworthy.”
The survey of 843 adults taken Nov. 18-20 by CNN/ORC International represents a dramatic drop of 12 percentage points from June, when 52 percent of respondents in another CNN/ORC poll said the president was effective in running the government.
The CNN/ORC International survey also found that 53 percent of respondents do not believe Obama is “honest and trustworthy,” a figure that for the first time represents “a clear majority” raising that concern.
“A lot of attention has focused on the president’s numbers on honesty in new polling the past three weeks, but it looks like the recent controversy over Obamacare has had a bigger impact on his status as an effective manager of the government, and that may be what is really driving the drop in Obama’s approval rating this fall,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.
[TheHill.com] The left is feeling emboldened by the decision of Senate Democrats to use the nuclear option to blow up filibuster rights on confirming presidential nominees.
Liberals have long clamored for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to play hardball with Republicans, and are excited to see their demands met.
Finally, they argue, the left will see courts and agencies filled with appointees who will protect President Obama’s key legislative achievements. Democrats are also reigniting hopes for long-stalled initiatives.