On Meet the Press this morning, BBC’s Katty Kay argued that the president might not be able to do anything in his final years in office besides implementing the Affordable Care Act. “It may be all he gets done in his second term,” said Kay, who anchors BBC World News America. “If he can make this succeed, it will be his legacy issue.”She added that tax reform and comprehensive immigration reform look unlikely in the
Former Secretary of State James Baker told Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation this morning that Reagan probably regretted his veto of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act. “Certainly he regretted it,” Baker said. “On the other hand, once that happened and control of South African policy passed to the Congress, President Reagan was really determined to meet with and deal with — meet with the black leaders of South Africa and deal with the problems of Apartheid, and he was
On Meet The Press this morning, Al Sharpton discussed Nelson Mandela’s support from communist nations and said it’s a “betrayal of history” to suggest the United States always supported his efforts to end Apartheid. “Let’s remember, the ANC that he refers to, they were pursuing freedom,” he said. “Many of the communist nations embraced them; this country did not. So it’s not like they were born Marxists — they were born people seeking to be free.”He added that the United States “denounced them and denigrated them,” and that we initially
On Face the Nation this morning, poet Maya Angelou marveled at the transformational role Nelson Mandela played in South Africa. “It amazes me that today, there are people who actually go to South Africa for vacation,” she said, laughing. “That is a pure act, and the great gift of Nelson Mandela.”She also discussed the role of religion in his life. “I think it’s a center in knowing there is something greater than you, and that that greatness might be called Allah, or Yahweh, or God
When the University of Alabama’s student newspaper The Crimson White published a cartoon on Thursday depicting the University of Auburn’s stunning win over Alabama with the title “This is What Happens in Obama’s America,” the newspaper was hastily labeled racist.As if the knee-jerk cries of racism were not lamentable enough, the paper’s editor-in-chief, Mazie Bryant, quickly apologized for the cartoon and vowed to make “every possible effort to make sure this does not happen again.
The sequester, no matter how imperfect a policy, is arguably the only victory for fiscal conservatives in a very long time. Their victory is also president Obama’s biggest defeat (outside of the self-inflicted disastrous Obamacare rollout). It is also another opportunity to remind the American people that the alarmist predictions that we were all subjected to about the devastating impact sequestration would have on our economy didn’t materialize. Yet, in a new move, Republicans are once again considering caving to Democrats and getting rid of the spending cuts. This morning’s
A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesperson revealed that 25 percent of 834 forms submitted to insurance companies through HealthCare.gov in its first two months included faulty data. The Obama administration now asserts that most of those problems have been addressed and the rate of applications affected has been reduced to 10 percent.As described by the Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff, 834 forms are reporting tools used by insurance companies to identify who enrollees are, meaning that errors would make it difficult, if not impossible, for insurers to know who has enrolled. The errors in October and November include everything Read More …
Mark Steyn’s weekend column.
The Obama administration knew in mid August that it would delay the online enrollment for small businesses in the federal health-insurance exchange but did not announce it until more than a month later, according to internal e-mails released on Friday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. After receiving an updated rollout schedule on August 13 that pushed the launch of the small-business exchange to November 15 from October 1, a top Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official asked, “Can we sign this with blood?” Another delay, which pushed the enrollment for