No, Tea Partiers are not worse at science, according to the conclusions of one law professor who
studied political identification and cognitive abilities using a National Science Foundation (NSF)
grant. In fact, identification with the Tea Party correlated slightly with better scientific
comprehension, a result the investigator found "surprising."885
A broader study of political parties and cognitive reasoning yielded similar conclusions for the Yale
University law professor.
Identification with the Republican Party correlates with a better performance on a cognitive
reasoning test, a conclusion which even stunned the study's author. "[Cognitive] scores increased with
the strength of subjects' identification with the Republican Party" (emphasis original).886 The author
described this result as "puzzling" and had predicted the "cognitive scores would be negatively
correlated with right-wing ideology."887 read more
In a Freedom of Information Act victory, a federal judge has slapped the Obama administration for its secretive ways and ordered officials to turn over a bland-sounding foreign policy document. U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle, a Clinton appointee, blasted the administration for trying keep secret a memo on foreign aid, writing: "The government appears to adopt the cavalier attitude that the president should be permitted to convey orders throughout the executive branch without public oversight ... to engage in what is in effect governance by 'secret law.'" The Center for Effective Government filed a FOIA request in 2011 for the document, which is not classified and has been widely distributed within executive agencies. The Obama administration nonetheless sought to keep the document to itself, claiming an executive communication privilege under FOIA. read more
"I want to talk today about a controversial word," Harris-Perry began. "It's a word that has been with us for years. And like it or not, it's indelibly printed in the pages of American history A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal and diminish his accomplishments That word is Obamacare." read more
During today's White House Youth Summit, President Obama called on young people to do whatever they can to promote his signature health care law -- including plying their customers with cheap booze.
"If you are a bartender, have a happy hour," Obama said as the crowd laughed. "And also probably get health insurance because a lot of people don't have it." read more
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not yet finished building the part of the website that would transfer billions of dollars in subsidies for plan premiums and cost-sharing payments to insurance companies....
The administration is planning a "workaround" for payments, said Daniel Durham, vice president for policy and regulatory affairs at America's Health Insurance Plans.
Health plans will estimate how much they are owed, and submit that estimate to the government. Once the system is built, the government and insurers can reconcile the payments made with the plan data to "true up" payments, he said. read more