3 hurdles Obamacare fix must overcome

Originally posted on CNN Political Ticker:

New York (CNNMoney) – President Obama now says that it’s okay with him for people to keep their individual health insurance plans for another year. But he doesn’t have the power to renew their policies.

Under attack after insurers terminated non-Obamacare compliant policies for millions of Americans, Obama said Thursday the administration will allow state insurance commissioners and insurers to extend current policies through 2014 even if they don’t meet all the health reform requirements.

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Hagel Denounces States Denying Same-Sex Military Benefits

Originally posted on U.S.:

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel had stern words Thursday for states defying Pentagon policy by refusing to issue ID cards to same-sex spouses at National Guard facilities.

“This is wrong,” he told a gathering at the Anti-Defamation League centennial dinner in New York.

Nine states are currently running afoul of Pentagon policy by refusing to issue same-sex spouse IDs at National Guard posts: Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia, the Associated Press reports. The policy forces couples to travel to federal facilities to obtain the IDs, which are needed to get the benefits to which military couples, including same-sex couples, are now entitled to under law. The Department of Defense lifted its ban on gays serving openly in the military in September 2011, and the Supreme Court struck down part of a federal law denying federal benefits to same-sex couples last year.

“Not only…

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Calls To Limit Speech In The Snowden Era Underscore The Importance Of A Free Press

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

The Snowden revelations have reignited a discussion about privacy — especially privacy in the digital age. That discussion will eventually, we can hope, not only reform how the government views the privacy of its citizens, but also how those citizens interact with private entities that might store massive amounts of their personal information.

It’s stunning to consider how much better informed we are as a global citizenry thanks to Snowden’s efforts and the journalists that have worked closely with him. They have carefully brought to light documents and information regarding the spying efforts of the United States government, and to a lesser degree, the British government on a scale that was previously unimaginable.

But the Snowden leaks have done more than uncover a secret world of surveillance. They are starting to drive change at the congressional level. Following revelations that the NSA taps the fiber-optic cables of the Internet, tracks…

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Anonymous Viral Awake Test: Please Share

Originally posted on 2012 The Big Picture:

Anonymous appears to be checking the pulse of the awakened community. This video is being shared for 24 hours, then will be taken down. That should be very soon now.

Please share if you have a blog, Facebook, Twitter, as requested and after the Million Mask March on Nov. 5th they will check again to see how many awakened ones there are.

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Soup Kitchen Rejects Atheist Volunteers

Originally posted on Social Action:

“If someone wants to volunteer to help the needy, why wouldn’t you welcome them in? Well, the group Upstate Atheists attempted to volunteer for the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen but were turned away because… they’re atheists. And in case the turndown wasn’t clear enough, the director of the soup kitchen said atheists are banned from joining them.” Cenk Uygur host of The Young Turks discusses.

Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/online/soup-k…

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Mario Piperni and Gun Control

Originally posted on Seniors for a Democratic Society:

Another Day, Another Hail of Bullets

OCTOBER 22, 2013 BY MARIO PIPERNI 

USA Gun Map   :   http://mariopiperni.com/

John Liming takes a look at the latest gun shooting to hit the news and writes on the importance of electing Democrats into office before sensible gun laws can ever be enacted.

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Is it just me or is this kind of thing becoming more and more commonplace in America?

So when we send our kids to school this morning is there a possibility they won’t come home tonight?

Is the kind of America we are becoming and is it the kind of America you want for yourself and your generations?

October 21, 2013 came and went in Sparks, Nevada and a shooter at a Middle School opened fire with a gun, killed a staff member who was trying to protect students and then turned the gun on himself and ended the tragedy.

The shooter was reported…

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Yes Virginia, There are Crazy Conservatives all over the world! – Kuwaiti’s resort to Electronic “GAYDAR” to stop Homosexuality

“A senior Kuwaiti health official has plans to test out the country’s “gaydar.”

Yousuf Mindkar, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry, told Al Rai that he wants to use a “gay detector test” to keep LGBT expatriates out of Kuwait and other Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC).

“We will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays,” he said in a translation provided by Gulf News.”*