During the heyday of the ObamaCare push, Jonathan Gruber was whiz-kid-in-chief. His number-crunching on the benefits of the plan was frequently cited by Democrats trying to sell the proposal to the public.
Now, Washington Democrats have a new message: He's not with us. read more
Over the past three days, conservative news outlets have posted multiple videos of Jonathan Gruber, an MIT health economist who worked on Romneycare and Obamacare, crediting the "stupidity" of American voters as one reason that the health law passed. read more
While he was early voting on Friday, a Douglasville, Georgia man said he was asked to remove a hat he wears everywhere, which reads "NRA Instructor," because poll workers said it was too closely associated with the Republican Party. Laurie Fulton, the Douglas County board of elections supervisor, said the decision was made out of an abundance of caution. "The courts have found that anything that suggests associated with the NRA in many people's perceptions is associated with the Republican Party," Fulton told Fox Atlanta. "So in an overabundance of caution [he] was asked to remove the hat so that no one could interpret that we were playing any favoritism over one party versus the other." read more
(Ex-CBS reporter, Sharyl Attkisson) "Many in the media," she writes, "are wrestling with their own souls: They know that ObamaCare is in serious trouble, but they're conflicted about reporting that. Some worry that the news coverage will hurt a cause that they personally believe in. They're all too eager to dismiss damaging documentary evidence while embracing, sometimes unquestioningly, the Obama administration's ever-evolving and unproven explanations."
One of her bosses had a rule that conservative analysts must always be labeled conservatives, but liberal analysts were simply "analysts." "And if a conservative analyst's opinion really rubbed the supervisor the wrong way," says Attkisson, "she might rewrite the script to label him a right-wing' analyst." read more
Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month -- and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more -- while they wait to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work, government records show.
During a three-year period that ended last fall, more than 57,000 employees were sent home for a month or longer. The tab for these workers exceeded $775 million in salary alone. read more