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The popular factchecking website PolitiFact announced its “Lie of the Year” on CNN Thursday. The distinction went to President Barack Obama’s oft-repeated claim during the health care policy debate that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”
Angie Drobnic Holan, editor of PolitiFact, said on CNN that her colleagues at PolitiFact made their choice based on Obama’s “lie” having “the most impact” on the debate.
Millions of Americans have actually lost their existing health insurance policies after the new health care law, also known as “Obamacare,” was implemented.
CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: How does a cross on a hill harm anyone? There's no such thing as a right NOT to be offended.
A cross atop Mount Soledad in California is an unconstitutional religious display on government land and must come down, a federal judge in San Diego ruled late Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ordered the cross, which honors veterans, must be removed within 90 days -- a decision that could result in the case being sent back to the U.S. Supreme Court. Burns immediately stayed his order pending an expected appeal.
The original lawsuit was filed in 2006 by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Jewish Veterans of the United States of American and several other Southern California residents.
CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: This *deal* amounts to kicking the can down the road, business as usual by the Washington establishment.
Washington (CNN) -- A compromise federal budget plan that would remove the threat of a government shutdown for two years won easy approval Thursday from the Republican-controlled U.S. House.
The deal worked out by House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray passed on a 332-94 vote and now goes to the Democratic-led Senate, which is expected to approve it next week in a very close vote.
"Nobody in Washington wants the pile to shrink. Nobody wants the influence and the power that can be accrued to shrink. It would be the same if somebody moved to Las Vegas and said, 'We need to reduce the number of casinos here by 30%.' Bugsy Siegel would come back from the grave and personally grab a Thompson submachine gun and wipe them out." - Rush Limbaugh
Des Moines, IA- Matt Whitaker, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa, today announced this statement regarding the proposed Congressional budget agreement:
“As Iowa’s next US Senator, I would not vote to support the proposed budget ‘deal’ being considered by the Congress. The proposal only continues to mortgage our children’s futures – it does nothing to rein in out of control spending and increasing debts and deficits; it does nothing to reduce the expansion of a bloated federal government; it does nothing to jump start our economy and put Americans back to work.”
“This continues to be business as usual for Washington politicians. No one willing to make the tough choices and show true leadership. As Iowa’s next US Senator, I will fight for true debt reduction and spending cuts. I will stand on core conservative principles to preserve our Constitution and fight to change the political culture in Washington, for all Iowans and their children and families.”
Parents whose school-aged children still don't have plans for winter break are reminded that there are still open spots in the Iowa City Parks and Recreation's Winter Break Camp -- but they're filling up quickly. Cost of the program is $40 per day per child for Iowa City residents, and $45 for non-residents. Camp will be held December 23, 27, 30, and 31, and January 2 and 3 at Robert A. Lee Recreation Center at 220 S. Gilbert Street. Parents may register their kindergarten through sixth grade student for one or more daily sessions, depending on their needs. Participants must have turned 5 years of age by September 15, 2013.
In addition to fun and engaging arts and crafts, team games, roller skating, and swimming activities, special programs that range from Lego toy trains and a juggler to a musician and a children's librarian are planned for each day. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with additional supervised play available before and after camp for no additional fee. Participants should bring their own lunch, but morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.
Registration forms are available on the website at www.icgov.org/pr or at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center and Mercer / Scanlon offices. For more information, call 319/356-5100.
Dave Bahnsen lives by one rule of thumb: There are no bad Christmas lights.
“Each yard is an empty canvas, and you can paint it however you want,” he said.
Bahnsen should know — he and wife Roxanne have adorned their Coralville property with thousands of holiday decorations for the past 22 years, including light strands, electric trains, animatronic displays, Nativity scenes, and every mix, make, and model of Santa figurines.
The 2013 hurricane season officially ended November 30. What was predicted by most sources to be an active year ended up being the quietest season we've seen since 1982. In fact, a mere two hurricanes (both category 1 strength) formed. Gary L. Bauer explains the significance: “When Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, Al Gore predicted that global warming would cause such super storms to become the norm. As usual, Gore got it wrong. … Why does this matter? Because the administration is aggressively pursuing environmental policies that will dramatically affect the economy and your standard of living based on a theory that is increasingly suspect. … The left is using environmental alarmism as one more way to expand the size and scope of big government. And just like Obamacare, it is being sold on a dubious proposition.” Bauer reminds us that “none of the more than 70 computer models used by the U.N. to predict global warming correctly predicted” the global temperature hiatus we've experienced over the past 17 years.
This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers pick one big idea that will shape 2014. See all the ideas here.
Landing in Houston last month, I saw the future. I stood around for a few minutes at a deserted cab queue before realizing I was the only person at the airport who wasn't driving his own car. For nearly an hour, my cab rolled through a vast city, past one downtown to another. Houston was the biggest place I'd ever been.
And it’s getting bigger. At breakfast with Redfin’s real estate agents, I heard story after story of people moving here from LA, San Francisco, New York, Chicago. We talked about new industrial centers for energy and medicine being built even further north, northeast and west of town.