Last week, President Barack Obama pardoned a turkey prior to Thanksgiving Day, as is tradition. And as in previous years, his teenage daughters Malia and Sasha stood by his side. The daughters are cute as can be -- and Malia is growing into an absolutely beautiful young woman.
They are, however, teenagers. And they were, I guess, engaged in some mild teenage behavior -- eye-rolling and smirking and what not. I watched a video of the event and didn't really notice anything worth commenting on (apart from the interesting annual practice of Obama signing the cross over the turkey). But one minor Capitol Hill staffer thought the girls were dressed inappropriately and acted a bit churlish. And then, for some reason, she wrote about it on Facebook.
At which point some people lost their everliving minds...
The White House has argued that President Obama's executive amnesty order last week was made well within the existing law. But in remarks in Chicago tonight, President Obama went off script and admitted that in fact he unilaterally made changes to the law.
The nonprofit coordinating several lawsuits against Obamacare subsidies in federally-run exchanges is out with a new report which suggests that the Obama administration itself didn't expect to offer premium subsidies on HealthCare.gov.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute's Scot Vorse has published a timeline of the Department of Health and Human Services' preparation for Obamacare's launch over the past several years. Interestingly enough, while HHS quickly began work on getting state-run exchanges to offer subsidies, it doesn't appear that the agency did the same with HealthCare.gov, suggesting it may have not initially believed it was allowed to.
C.J. Ciaramella, Washington Free Beacon: Criminal justice reform might be the only issue that can put the Koch Institute, the Heritage Foundation and former White House green jobs czar Van Jones in the same room. The Charles Koch Institute hosted a panel discussion last week on Capitol Hill that brought together arch-conservatives and avowed liberals to discuss the prospects for criminal justice reform. "This feels good," Jones said, surveying a panel that included a senior legal fellow from the Heritage Foundation and a director at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation. "If you had told me 10 years ago that the only place we could have bipartisan agreement would be this issue, I would have thought you were crazy."
In a newly surfaced video, one of Obamacare's architects admits a "lack of transparency" helped the Obama administration and congressional Democrats pass the Affordable Care Act. The conservative group American Commitment posted Jonathan Gruber's remarks, reportedly from an Oct. 17, 2013, event, on YouTube.