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  • Washington- Rep. Vance McAllister, the married freshman lawmaker who is captured on video making out with his district scheduler, asks for forgiveness and privacy after being caught.

    "There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness," McAllister, R- La., said in a statement released today. "I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and Mr. Phil Robertson and his son Willie of Duck Dynasty, and of course my constituents who elected me to serve."

    The incident which was captured on surveillance video inside McAllister's congressional office is with Melissa Hixon Peacock, 33, who is also married happened less than a month after a special election was held to succeed Rep. Rodney Alexander.

    "Trust is something I know has to be earned whether your [sic] a husband, a father, a congressman, or a friend of Phil and Willie Robertson, " he continued. "I promise to do everything I can to earn back that trust of everyone I've disappointed."

    Now about four months later, he is trying to repair the damage he has done to his wife after 16 of marriage.

    McAllister, did not show up for votes last evening in the House of Representatives. There was also no sign of McAllister at his office today.

  • LANSING MI (AP) - Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group funder largely by the Koch brothers, is running Obamacare attack ads featuring a cancer patient who made the claim her cancer treatments were "unaffordable" under the new health care law. On Monday, The Detroit News did an investigation and reported that the patient will actually save more than a thousand a year or more when copays are factored in.

    Julie Boonstra says in the anti-Obamacare ad that she was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago, and her health care plan was canceled when Obamacare went into effect.

    "Now, the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it's "unaffordable," she says in the ad.

    Before her plan was cancelled, Boonstra was paying a $1,100 monthly premium plus copays for her prescription drugs and treatments. That was $13,200 a year, without adding out-of-pocket expenses. But under her new plan thanks to Obamacare , the Blue Cross Premier Gold, Boonstra's premiums are down $571 a month, and her out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100. That's a total maximum annual expense of $11, 952 a year.

    According to The Detroit News, Boonstra said it "can't be true" that her new coverage is so much cheaper than her old. "I personally don't believe that," Boonstra added.

    The ads set out to target Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.). who faces former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) in a tight race for Michigan's U.S. Senate seat. Peters voted in favor of the Affordable care Act.

    The billionaire Koch brothers have spent millions in attack ads in Michigan and beyond in an attempt to get Tea Party candidates elected.

    Boonstra told The Detroit News she had never been politically active before joining the anti-Obamacare campaign. However the newspaper reported her husband, Mark Boonstra, had served as chair of the Washtenaw County GOP, and was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 2012.

  • NEW YORK- Five years ago, the United States was in the midst of its worst recession in 70-years, and the stock market was reflecting it.

    On this day in 2009, the S&P 500 hit its nadir, closing at 676.53. That low marked a climax of a 16 month selloff under President Bush that took more than half of the S&P's 500 value.

    Since that day, under President Obama's watch, the Standard and Poor's 500 index has gained more than 177 percent, the best rolling five-year performance since June 1996 to June 2000.

  • westervilleskid by westervilleskid Mar 5, 2014 12:09 PM Flag

    Big money!

  • MADISON (AP)- Embattled Wisconsin state Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer's office said Saturday that Kramer has checked himself into a treatment center while Wisconsin lawmakers pushed ahead with plans to strip him of his leadership position amid charges that he sexually harassed multiple women.

    Kramer's office released a two-sentence statement saying that the Waukesha Republican was entering treatment and would have no further comment.

  • westervilleskid westervilleskid Mar 2, 2014 12:40 PM Flag

    continued:

    Meanwhile, as Mid-term elections draws closer, the GOP struggles to come up with a plan that pretends to overhaul the health care system. looking to avoid being painted as mere obstructionist, House Republican leaders are working to draw their cacus together behind a bill that would replace Obamacare with a workable alternative.

    But the most sincere plans so far--- one offered by Sens. R. Burr, R-NC., Tom Corburn, R-Okla. and Orin Hatch, R-UT. -- would probably offer policies too skimpy to do any good once a policy-holder gets ill.

    Besides, even that replacement idea seems unlikely to draw a broad support among the far-right tea partiers, who believe that allowing the uninsured poor to die is the appropriate government response to the health care crisis.

  • AUSTIN TX (API)- During a Republican primary debate in the last presidential election cycle, there was a dispiriting moment in which tea party audience members cheered at the idea that a comatose uninsured American--unable to afford health insurance-- would be left to die. That infamous outburst, among others, has prompted the GOP to try and cut back on primary season debates, hoping to limit appearances that might expose the party's baser impulses and further control the damage being committed by the tea party.

    But that mean-spirited and contemptuous attitude towards the sick is alive and well in the GOP, as its maniacal (and futile) resistance to Obamacare has made clear. Now one Republican politician is pushing that callousness to new lows: He wants to bar the uninsured from hospital emergency rooms.

    Last week, Georgia Go. Nathan Deal criticized a decades-old federal law that requires all hospitals that receive Medicare funds and have emergency facilities to treat any patient who walks in needing care, regardless of his ability to pay. "It came as a result of bad facts," Deal said, according to the Alanta Journal-Constitution. "And we have a saying that bad facts make bad law."

    It's no wonder that GOP strategists shuddered when audience members responded so cruelly during the CNN/Tea Party Express debate in September 2011. It portrays the party as pitiless and has driven many within the Republican Party to not align themselves with the Tea Party which has driven a huge wedge between the Republicans and the Tea party itself. The Republican party pitiless stance is creating a reputation unlikely to attract the vast majority of voters.

    Quiet as it's kept, most Americans support keeping and fine tuning Obamacare, despite the relentless pounding it has taken from Republicans, and despite a website rollout that was infuriatingly incompetent. A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 58 percent of Americans favor keeping in place.

  • WASHINGTON (AP)- American military and veteran groups are "disgusted" with the U.S. Senate Republicans for turning their backs on America's veterans today, after they refused to support a bill to expand health care and education programs for the nations military veterans.

    60 votes were needed to more the bill through which President Obama promised to sign if it passed the senate, but 41of the 45 Republicans needed to pass it voted against it. effectively killing the bill.

    Calling it more "Republican Shenanigans," the non-profit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America lamented senate leaders who were engaged in political games at the cost of the U.S. veterans.

    "It has been a winter of discontent, starting with the Republicans in Congress to cut military retirement benefits before being pressured by the American people into reversing their course," IAVA Founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff said in a publicized statement. "Then earlier this week, the Republicans in Congress forced the Pentagon to make budget cuts that increased living costs for our military families, for whom many are already receiving food stamps while husbands and wives are deployed. And now the Republicans in the senate can't pass a critical and transformative bill that includes priorities that have garnered bipartisan support for years."

    Daniel Dillinger, American Legion national commander had this to say. "I don't know how any Republican in the U.S. Senate who voted 'no' today can possibly look a veteran in the eye and justify their vote. Our veterans deserve more than what the Republicans gave them today."

  • WASHINGTON (AP) - A half-dozen Senate races are heightening the severe struggle between establishment Republicans and tea party operations, threatening to exacerbate conservative divisions this fall and into the 2016 election.

    Republican strategists say several Republican senators are not merely trying to clobber the tea party individuals challenging them from the extreme right in the GOP primaries. They also want to undermine, if not totally cripple, the tea party-affiliated companies helping to fund and shape the tea party challengers.

    "If we beat enough of these tea party insurgent challengers to Republican incumbents, and get a big winning streak, we just might rid the Republican Party of those that are out to destroy it," said Charlie Black, an adviser to top Republicans for years.

    "Once people find out a little bit about these tea party candidates, it does a lot to publicly expose them to pervert the definition of conservatism to attack Republicans" and help elect Democrats by dividing the Republican Party, said Josh Holmes, an adviser to Republican Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other Republicans.

    Republican incumbents not only want to beat tea party challengers, they actually want to beat tea party-backed challengers "to a bloody pulp" said Holmes.

  • WASHINGTON- If there was any doubt after the government shutdown and last protracted battle over the debt ceiling, this cave from the Republicans should make it clear Obama and the Democrats have made it crystal clear the debt-ceiling is no longer a legitimate weapon the Republicans can aim at Americans again.

    After sending their own approval ratings down to the lowest of double digits House Speaker John Boehner will bring a "clean" debt-ceiling increase to the floor on Tuesday night. For republicans it's a wave of the white flag to the American voters, and it completes an epic swing from their positions in 2012, when they first made the debt-ceiling increase a major vehicle to try to force cuts from President Barack Hussein Obama and the Democrats.

    Consider the huge swing: In 2011, Boehner established the rule in his namesake--"the Boehner Rule," which required a dollar in cuts for every dollar raised in the debt ceiling. In 2013, Boehner's rule was dead. And in the end, even before Republican leaders conceded and said they would allow a "clean" hike to come to the floor, most Republicans were already talking about huge spending increases that they would attach to the bill to benefit their districts.

    The dismantling of the debt ceiling as a weapon goes back to the fiscal cliff fight of late 2012, when President Obama said that he "wouldn't negotiate again with the full faith and credit of the U.S. on the table". He would not normalize that negotiation. That became the Democratic line and they stuck to it. They have been remarkably unified in their stance, and it has largely worked in diffusing that threat because the American voters are behind them.

  • (USA TODAY)- Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, (R- WA) the fourth-ranking House Republican, is facing an Ethics Committee probe, her lawyer said Thursday. The investigation apparently involves improperly mixing campaign and official funds.

    USA TODAY reported Wednesday that McMorris Rodgers had spent nearly $700,000 on legal services at the end of last year from firms specializing in congressional investigations, suggesting that investigators may have been exploring the case for months.

  • PHOENIX- If there were any doubt that Republicans are in the throes of ideological fratricide that could threaten their prospects for success this fall, they were dispelled over the weekend in Arizona. In a move both bizarre and ill-timed, Arizona Republican Party members voted to censure Senator John McCain a maverick conservative and 2008 Republican presidential nominee--- for being "too liberal" for their taste.

  • westervilleskid by westervilleskid Jan 18, 2014 1:50 PM Flag

    DETROIT (UPI)- Detroit automakers are preparing to reward their U.S. hourly workers with another huge pile of profit-sharing checks, as North American manufacturing operations approach peak efficiency.

    Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., and Chrysler Group LLC will announce specific, per-worker profit sharing totals along with their 2013 financial results. Based on auto-workers' anticipated earnings for the year, industry analysts believe more than $800 million in profit-sharing checks will go out to around 130,000 UAW represented autoworkers.

    The combined per-worker total is on track to exceed the record bonuses of $17,875, set in 1999

    White-collar salary employees are not part of the United Auto Worker's profit-sharing agreement with automakers.

    "It's a sign of the success of the auto industry and where it's going," said Dave Murray, deputy press secretary for Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder. "The industry recognized the quality of the UAW workforce here in Michigan. The profit sharing checks are a tremendous indication of that."

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