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Who will shoot Obama? That’s what a Georgia voter asked Representative Paul Broun (Brown) during a town hall meeting. The audience laughed. Representative Broun said this:
"I know there's a lot of frustration with this president. We're going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we'll elect somebody that's going to be a conservative, limited-government president.” (Politics Daily)
That response isn’t going over so well- with many media members complaining that Broun shouldn’t have taken the question so lightly.
A reporter for The Examiner writes...
“One would think, and hope, after the tragedy in Tucson, Broun, and his constituents, would exercise a little more civility, and sensitivity.”
And The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan calls the Congressman's answer unacceptable and suggests that he resign.
But Think Progress reports- this isn’t really unusual for Broun.
“...Broun has used perhaps the most vitriolic rhetoric to describe his political opponents, including Obama...Yet until Broun stops telling his constituents that all of his political opponents are plotting to kill Americans with diabolical fascist plots, he should expect more and more of them to think violence is justified.”
Broun does have his supporters. Conservative blogger Ann Althouse criticizes the media for jumping on the story when it was initially unclear what the original question was, since there isn’t any video of the meeting.
“This non-quote has gone viral in the leftosphere, the leftosphere where no one seems to mind all the violent and over-the-top language and imagery at the week-long Wisconsin protests. ... You're trying to stir people up and create discord!”
Congressman Broun later released a statement saying- he’s sorry it ever happened.
“I condemn all statements—made in sincerity or jest—that threaten or suggest the use of violence against the President of the United States or any other public official. Such rhetoric cannot and will not be tolerated.”
The secret service did investigate the situation and concluded it was just a case of an elderly person who now regrets cracking a poor joke. (Mediaite)
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Vice-President Joe Biden led a round of bipartisan budget talks in Washington Monday with leading Republicans.
If Congress does not increase the debt limit by May 16, the Treasury says it will take measures into its own hands to keep servicing Americas debt without default.
Biden and others say meeting went well, but Fox New’s Russell Pearlman says compromise will be difficult to achieve. The ideological differences are just too vast.
RUSSELL PEARLMAN: “They’re serious that they want to cut the debt, but they’re not so serious that they’re willing to do it before the 2012 election. It’s somewhat unfortunate. At least the issue seems to be a legitimate point of negotiation. Which it hasn’t been essentially been for forever, since we’ve essentially had a debt. So that’s at least a good step. But, not addressing Medicare and Medicaid and social security, and any sort of tax reform when you wanna cut the deficit is kinda like deciding you want to go on a diet but you’re not going to change what you eat for lunch or dinner.”
Pressures continue to mount for leaders to find an agreement after recent backlash over house republican Paul Ryan’s budget plan. The Washington Post reports House majority leader Eric Cantor felt the heat from President Obama’s criticisms on proposed Medicare and Medicaid changes.
“On the eve of debt-reduction talks... Cantor (Va.) said Republicans remain convinced that reining in federal retirement programs is the key to stabilizing the nation’s finances over the long term. But he said Republicans recognize they may need to look elsewhere to achieve consensus after President Obama ‘excoriated us’ for a proposal to privatize Medicare.”
Not to mention, a key Republican platform---the repeal of the Affordable Care Act--isn’t going anywhere in the Senate. Michigan Rep. Dave Camp tells the Huffington Post it’s time to move on:
“Is the repeal dead? I don’t think the Senate is going to do it, so I guess, yes...I think we have to see where this [health care] lawsuit that is working its way through the courts goes. ... I'd rather have the committee working with the Senate and the president, focusing on savings and reforms that can be signed into law. I don’t think we can afford to wait. I think we needed to make progress now.”
Although Republicans may have lost on one key front -- a writer for The New York Times says the Democrats aren’t out of the line of fire just yet -- 2012 is around the corner.
“Many Democrats were cheered by the evidence of Republicans’ disarray on Medicare... But Democrats have tensions, too. Many, sensing a political opening going into the 2012 elections, suspect that President Obama and Mr. Biden, in their zeal for a deal, will compromise too much on Medicare and Social Security.”
If the limit is not raised by August 2, the country would be forced to stop borrowing altogether and default on its debt. The next scheduled meeting is set for May 10.
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July 11, 2011(2:45)
Australian PM Julia Gillard has unveiled a carbon tax package for the country, she and faces tough criticism.
July 11, 2011(2:31)
10 days to reach a compromise: President Obama says the GOP must bend.
July 25, 2011
Facing allegations of an unwanted sexual encounter -- Oregon Congressman David Wu went to House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi for help.
July 27, 2011 (2:20)
The ATF program "Fast and Furious" is in a downward spiral after drug trafficking heightens and a border patrolman is killed during the operation.
August 10, 2011
Democrats won two of six recall races in Wisconsin- one short of the three they needed to wrest away control from the GOP.
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UNPRECEDENTED ALLIANCE OF HEALTH CARE LEADERS ANNOUNCES HISTORIC AGREEMENT TO HELP REDUCE THE NUMBERS OF AMERICA'S UNINSURED
Proposal includes balanced approach to expand health care coverage, starting with children
Diverse organizations that have often opposed each other on federal health policies forge consensus, vow to work together for immediate congressional action
Washington, D.C. - Most of the nation's largest health care organizations today announced that they have agreed on a proposal that would significantly expand health coverage for America's almost 47 million uninsured, starting immediately with expanded coverage for children in 2007. Calling itself the Health Coverage Coalition for the Uninsured (HCCU), the group is made up of 16 influential, national organizations that have played leading roles in every federal health policy debate of the last 30 years, often on opposing sides. Despite their divergent political and ideological views, the groups today committed to immediately and jointly press lawmakers to act on their historic, two-phased consensus proposal.
The agreement includes a balance of private and public initiatives and is the culmination of lengthy meetings among the groups over approximately two years. It allows the new Congress to begin its work on health coverage from a proposal that already has the agreement of diverse advocates.
"This historic agreement transcends traditional political and ideological boundaries to break the gridlock about expanded health coverage for the uninsured," said Ron Pollack, executive director, Families USA. "Our unprecedented agreement and coalition should serve as a model for Congress and the President to see that health coverage is expanded to as many people as possible as quickly as possible - starting with America's children this year."
HCCU participating organizations include AARP, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, American Public Health Association, America's Health Insurance Plans, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Catholic Health Association, Families USA, Federation of American Hospitals, Healthcare Leadership Council, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, Pfizer Inc., United Health Foundation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
"Reaching consensus is a long and sometimes difficult process, but every participating group put the interests of America's uninsured first - even when doing so meant walking away from certain long-held positions," said Scott P. Serota, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association president and CEO. "With such divergent political ideologies, it is unprecedented for these groups to have a joint agreement. Helping the millions of Americans who do not have health insurance is an issue that needs to transcend politics and partisanship, and that is why we worked together to give Congress a starting point that we can all support."
With Congress scheduled to consider the reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in the coming months, the proposal could have an immediate impact. Its first phase is a "Kids First Initiative" to allow parents to more easily enroll their children in public programs, like SCHIP and Medicaid. It calls for a "one-stop shopping" system whereby low-income families could enroll uninsured children in SCHIP or Medicaid at the same time as they apply for other public programs, like reduced-cost lunches or food stamps. The proposal would provide states with the additional funds needed to enroll eligible children. HCCU members believe this could help up to six million uninsured children who are eligible for, but not enrolled in, public insurance programs.
The proposal also calls for a new tax credit to help families cover some of the cost of providing private health insurance for their children. Eligible families could earn up to three times the federal poverty level (about $60,000 annually for a family of four). The tax credits would be refundable and advanceable.
The HCCU organizations also propose a competitive grant program to enable states to experiment with new, innovative approaches to expand health coverage.
The second phase of the coalition's proposal focuses on uninsured adults. It would give states the flexibility and funds to expand Medicaid eligibility to cover all adults with incomes below the federal poverty level, millions of whom are currently ineligible for public coverage. For those with higher incomes between 100 and 300 percent of the federal poverty level, a refundable, advanceable tax credit would be established to help individuals cover the costs of private insurance.
Census figures show more than one in seven Americans were uninsured in 2005. Studies show the uninsured are often unable to receive the primary and preventive care that they need. The Institute of Medicine estimates approximately 18,000 people die each year from diseases that would have been treatable or preventable if they had health coverage.
A number of other organizations worked closely with the coalition throughout its deliberation process, including the Heritage Foundation, National Association of Counties, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association and Project HOPE.
The HCCU Consensus-Building process was organized and conducted as a project of Search for Common Ground-U.S. Consensus Council, in partnership with the Meridian Institute. The organizations fashioned a unique approach for bringing diverse organizations together on public policy issues. The Economic and Social Research Institute and the Lewin Group provided research and analytical support.
Funding for the coalition's work was provided by the participating organizations, with additional support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ascension Health, the Rapoport Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation and The California Endowment.
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A new powerful form of lobbying, called "integrated lobbying," combines rallies, radio interviews and blogging - as well as one-on-one meetings with lawmakers to push Congress on hot-topic issues. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is an organization of citizens who share a common belief that our nation's immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest. They are also an example of how "integrated lobbying" can have an instant impact.
FAIR seeks to improve border security, to stop illegal immigration, and to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interest. When they first met with the staff of California Congressman Devin Nunes, they were brushed off. So, they took their complaints public. They were then prompted to set up a second meeting in which the congressman agreed to co-sponsor new legislation.
All of this happened as hundreds rallied near the Capitol - as radio talk show hosts broadcast their shows from D.C. and bloggers provided real-time updates. Lobbyists say this new approach helps build momentum and keeps the faithful energized, as issues tend to move slowly in Washington.
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This PBS special is officially called, "The Net At Risk" and it's part of the Bill Moyers series, "Moyers on America".
An excerpt from the Moyers on America/Net At Risk site:
"The debate is hot, the language heady, the metaphors many. Op-ed pages alternately bemoan "The End of the Internet" or curse "Net Neutrality Nonsense." Allegations fly about the stifling of free speech, the holding back of progress and corporate hegemony. Indeed, network neutrality has become something of a cause celebre in the digital world, pitting a slew of high-profile Internet content providers and consumer-advocacy groups against major phone and cable companies, and federal lawmakers against each other.
But what exactly is net neutrality, and why does it seem to have everyone from Google and Yahoo! to Verizon and AT&T concerned? In a nutshell, the issue involves the transmission of data over broadband networks (e.g. DSL or cable internet services). As the number of sites on the Internet continues to grow and the quality of data becomes more sophisticated-encompassing video and audio files and other multimedia applications-broadband service providers (generally cable and phone companies) are seeking to regulate how material flows to users through their increasingly taxed networks. For most large providers, this has come down to one general desire: They could establish a tiered system of content delivery in which companies with data-heavy content can pay a fee to the providers in return for "special treatment" in transmission. An analogy: For those companies that pay the fee, their content would breeze through the fast-pass lane at the toll bridge, reaching users more quickly; those who don't pay will be stuck in the crowded, slow-moving line, and users will have to wait longer for their content to load."
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100 Teens Gather in Washington, D.C. for State FarmÂ® Youth Summit to Develop Real Solutions That Can Reverse the Trend of Teen Deaths on the Road
The equivalent of a classroom of teens dies each day in vehicle crashes. State FarmÂ® is asking young drivers to take the wheel in helping prevent teen fatalities on the road. As part of the first-ever National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 15-19, 100 teens from coast to coast are convening in Washington, D.C. today for a State Farm student-led youth summit to talk about real solutions that can change driving behaviors and help save lives. The young drivers will take the findings back to their communities to activate best practices.
State Farm and The Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiaÂ® actively joined U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) in his push for a National Teen Driver Safety Week. Held the third week of each October, it encourages parents, young drivers, lawmakers and educators to work together to change risky driving behaviors and help save lives. Congressman Dent and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) joined with more than 50 co-sponsors on June 6, 2007 to introduce the bipartisan resolutions in Congress to create the week.
It's the Gnooze! (the G is silent) Basically every baseball player is on steroids, lawmakers don't want the CIA to pretend to kill you, and the EU plays hardball. Marta Costello hosts the Gnooze - today's top stories in about 3 minutes.
With Congress resuming its work on Iraq, key lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee say sides are coming together and that military readiness will be the main concern for Democrats
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