Foreign Diplomats Are Eligible For Obama-Care Subsidies

From the Daily Beast, of all places:

Obamacare Covers Foreign Diplomats

By Tim Mak | October 29, 2014

Two House committees are demanding answers after learning that the Affordable Care Act makes foreign diplomats eligible for health care subsidies. Obamacare has a loophole that allows foreign diplomats to receive healthcare subsidies, the House Ways and Means and Foreign Affairs Committees revealed Wednesday as they announced a joint investigation.

Why assume it’s a "loophole"?

“According to the Department of Health and Human Services, foreign diplomats holding ‘A’ or ‘G’ visas are eligible to participate in an array of medical programs administered by the federal government, including participation in Health Insurance Marketplaces governed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” wrote chairmen Ed Royce and Dave Camp in a letter to to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

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WH Will Not Investigate ‘Netanyahu Chickens***’ Insult

From The Hill:

WH not investigating ‘chickens—‘ remark

By Justin Sink | October 29, 2014

The Obama administration is not conducting an investigation to identify the senior official who called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "chickenshit," despite criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.

It seems like only yesterday that Joe Biden slipped up and actually told the truth about how Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been funding terrorist groups. (He could have added Qatar.) And Biden was forced to call those countries and apologize.

But a ‘senior official’ in the White House insults our closest ally in the Middle East, and it’s ‘forget about it.’ They won’t even pretend to investigate. What does that tell you about Obama’s regard for Israel?

"There are anonymous sources in all of your stories every single day.

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HHS: No Enterovirus Cases Among 68,541 Alien Children

From CNS News:

HHS: No Reported Cases of Enterovirus Among 68,541 Unaccompanied Illegal Minors

By Melanie Hunter | October 29, 2014

(CNSNews.com) – Of the 68,541 unaccompanied illegal alien children who entered the U.S. in fiscal year 2014, none were reported to have the enterovirus, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. CNSNews.com asked, “Just to clarify, you’re saying that none of the unaccompanied minors who have entered the U.S. had the enterovirus?”

“There were none reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement,” Kenneth Wolfe, spokesman for the Administration of Children and Families for the Department of Health and Human Services, told CNSNews.com in an emailed response…

And never mind that there is a world of difference between claiming none of these illegal alien kids had enterovirus, and saying no cases have been "reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement."

In fact, why would a doctor think to report any cases to that office?

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80% Want Ebola Quarantines, 70% Want Travel Banned

From a tone deaf Washington Post:

Poll: 80 percent want Ebola quarantines

By Aaron Blake | October 29, 2014

President Obama is doing reasonably well on this whole Ebola thing — at least on the public relations front —

What is the WP smoking? Obama is currently at his lowest approval rating ever. His handling of Ebola high on the list of complaints against him. Even Saturday Night Live is mocking his handling of Ebola.

[B]ut another new poll suggests Americans want him to take actions that he has resisted so far. The poll, from CBS News, shows a whopping 80 percent of people want American citizens and legal residents returning from West Africa to be quarantined until it is determined that they are Ebola-free…

Notice that they are not talking about quarantining health workers who have had direct contact with Ebola patients.

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‘No Theater’ Obama Shakes Hands With Ebola Workers

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Trust me, it’s safe! Obama tries to calm Ebola quarantine fears with handshakes for health care workers still in 21-day at-risk period after Africa visit

By David Martosko | 29 October 2014

Barack Obama made a point of shaking hands with every one of the medical workers gathered for a White House photo-op today as he hailed the work of Ebola-exposed health care professionals…

Didn’t Obama say back in September that he didn’t do theater, didn’t do photo ops? (Back when people were wondering why he wouldn’t go to the border.) And yet last week he hugged Nurse Nina Pham for the photographers, and now we have this.

Obama said he was ‘a little frustrated’ by ‘people talking about American leadership’ but then ‘running in the opposite direction and hiding under the covers’ when Ebola emerges – an apparent dig at New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie.

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Showdown Imminent Over Nurse’s Quarantine In Maine

From a breathless Associated Press:

Showdown imminent over nurse’s quarantine in Maine

By ROBERT F. BUKATY | October 30, 2014

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — State police plan to monitor the movements and interactions of a nurse who vowed to defy the state’s quarantine for health care workers who treat Ebola patients, but troopers cannot take her into custody without a judge’s permission. State officials were seeking a court order to detain Kaci Hickox for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10.

Hickox contends there’s no need for quarantine because she’s showing no symptoms, and she made her point by stepping outside her home briefly Wednesday night to talk to reporters, even shaking one reporter’s hand. Police watched from across the street.

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MD Probes Republican-To-Democrat Ballot Switch Claims

From the CBS Baltimore affiliate, WJZ:

Md. Board of Elections Probe Republican-To-Democratic Ballot Switch Claims

October 28, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—Early voting just started last week in Maryland, but there are already accusations that some voting machines are changing Republican votes to Democrat. Now Republicans are calling for an investigation by the State Board of Elections.

As Marylanders go to the polls, there are concerns that the vote you cast may not be for the candidate you want.

“We’ve heard from scores of citizens in our district and around the state who have had this problem where they hit one button to vote for one person, and when they go to the summary they see that the other person was checked,” said Del Nik Kipke, (R) Anne Arundel County.

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(Russian) Hackers Breach Some White House Computers

From the Washington Post:

Hackers breach some White House computers

By Ellen Nakashima | October 28, 2014

Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion.

With Obama in the White House, why bother? Hasn’t he already given them all of our missile secrets? — Oh, wait, these were unclassified networks. So they were just going after credit card numbers.

White House officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said that the intruders did not damage any of the systems and that, to date, there is no evidence the classified network was hacked…

The FBI, Secret Service and National Security Agency are all involved in the investigation.

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AP Fails To Notice People Walking Out On Obama (Again)

From a selectively reporting Associated Press:


Obama rallies for Dem seeking to oust Scott Walker

By JOSH LEDERMAN | October 28, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rallying the party faithful, President Barack Obama cast Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday as an outdated Republican holding back Wisconsin’s economy as he launched a final, weeklong campaign push for Democrats. At a packed gymnasium, Obama held up Democrat Mary Burke as a skilled businesswoman who will fight for the type of middle-class opportunity that made his own success possible…

"A packed gymnasium"? According to the pool reporter (see article below), as soon as Obama started talking people started walking out on him again. So his second campaign appearance turned out to be just like his first.

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NYT: IG Probing SS Prostitution Scandal Used Prostitute

From the New York Times:

Investigator in Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Resigns

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT | October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — The investigator who led the Department of Homeland Security’s internal review of the Secret Service’s 2012 prostitution scandal quietly resigned in August after he was implicated in his own incident involving a prostitute, according to current and former department officials.

Sheriff’s deputies in Broward County, Fla., saw David Nieland, the investigator, entering and leaving a building they had under surveillance as part of a prostitution investigation, according to officials briefed on the investigation. They later interviewed a prostitute who identified Mr. Nieland in a photograph and said he had paid her for sex.

Mr. Nieland resigned after he refused to answer a series of questions from the Department of Homeland Security inspector general about the incident, the [anonymous] officials said.

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AP: CDC Has So far Acted Prudently, Klain Is GOP’s Fault

From the Associated Press:

Where’s czar? Ebola raises management questions

By JIM KUHNHENN | October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s commander in the fight against Ebola was expected to operate below the public radar. But did that mean invisible?

Correction. He was expected to be the fall guy for any and all of Obama’s Ebola failures. (Like the song says, ‘Put the blame on Klain, boys.’) And don’t worry, he soon will be, if it is necessary.

Ron Klain has barely been seen, and a week before midterm elections, Obama is pressing to dispel criticism that the government can’t manage the Ebola crisis. The White House’s behind-the-scenes coordination of the Ebola response is being severely tested, while the Pentagon and states like New York and New Jersey take public steps that are far firmer than federal guidelines.

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List Of Countries Banning Travelers From Ebola Countries

From International SOS:

Travel restrictions, flight operations and screening

Last Updated: October 29, 2014

According to their website, International SOS provides integrated medical, clinical, and security services to organizations with international operations. Services include planning and preventative programs, in-country expertise, and emergency response. It has approximately 11,000 employees, led by 1,200 full-time physicians and 200 security specialists and provides health and security support to members in 89 countries.

… The authorities in several countries have implemented entry restrictions to curtail the spread of Ebola from countries that have Ebola cases, while air carriers have restricted flights or modified schedules…

Entry restrictions

Africa

  • Cameroon An 18 August ban remains in place on travel from Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
  • Cape Verde on 9 October announced that it would now deny entry to non-resident foreigners coming from countries with ‘intense Ebola transmission’ – Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia – or who have been to those countries in the previous 30 days.

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Australia ‘Instigates’ Ban On Travel From Ebola Countries

From a spittle-flecked with outrage CNN:

Australia instigates ban on travel from West Africa

By Euan McKirdy | October 28, 2014

(CNN) – In the fight against Ebola, Australia has said: No thanks…

What an unbiased headline and lead, huh? "Instigates"? And stopping potential spreaders of the disease from coming into your country equals giving up the fight against Ebola?

Telling Australia’s parliament during a question time session Monday that his ministry was currently "not processing any application from these (Ebola) affected countries," he said that the government was also suspending its humanitarian program.

Note that total lack of details about this suspension of Australia’s "humanitarian program." Buried at the bottom of this article we learn that Australia has spent $16 million dollars fighting Ebola in West Africa.

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WH: Army’s Ebola Quarantine ‘Is Like Getting A Haircut’

From the Washington Post:

Obama assails Ebola quarantines, saying they are based on fear, not facts

By Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis and Joel Achenbach | October 28, 2014

President Obama on Tuesday forcefully rejected the idea of a quarantine for medical­ workers returning from Ebola-affected­ countries, arguing that such an approach would undermine the broader effort to eliminate the epidemic…

Isn’t it telling the things that Obama gets ‘forceful’ about? Why is it so important to him to put our country at risk? After all, aren’t these returning health workers more of a threat to the public health than ‘climate change’ will ever be?

While the president did not directly criticize New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) for imposing mandatory quarantines on health workers coming back from West Africa, he made clear that he thought those moves were a bad idea and were not based on the best medical information.

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Hickox Won’t Quarantine; Dr. Spencer Lied About Travel

From ABC News:

Nurse Kaci Hickox ‘Will Go to Court’ Over Maine Ebola Quarantine Rule

By KATIE KINDELAN | Oct 29, 2014

Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital despite exhibiting no Ebola symptoms after arriving from West Africa, will take legal action against the state of Maine if officials do not lift the 21-day home quarantine restrictions by Thursday morning.

“I will go to court to attain my freedom,” Hickox told “Good Morning America" today via Skype from her home in Fort Kent, Maine. “I have been completely asymptomatic since I’ve been here. I feel absolutely great.” …

When Hickox arrived in Maine, the state’s governor ordered her to abide by that state’s policy that health care workers who arrive from West Africa remain under a 21-day home quarantine, with their condition actively monitored…

Hickox’s attorney, Steven Hyman, says his client, who last treated an Ebola patient Oct.

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