The New York Times called the SOTU "making the case for government," but it was in fact the unveiling of gridlock, the opening of the era of Big Gridlock. Nothing the president wants as a piece of legislation will emerge from the Congress. Unlike President Reagan in 1981, President Obama doesn't have a single great demand but a dozen little ones. Thus there will be no marshaling of forces and arm-twisting etc. culminating in a bill of consequence passing on any subject of import. The House will just say no. Gridlock ahead, bad appointees, and finger-pointing.
60 Plus Association Chairman and Founder Jim Martin, leader of the nation's largest conservative seniors advocacy group and the acknowledged alternative to the liberal AARP, today demanded that President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry reverse course and approve the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project which would create tens of thousands of jobs, and bring nearly 1 million barrels of oil a day to Texas refineries from within North America.
Bill spoke with James Capretta about the latest on ObamaCare.
Sen John McCain was ripped by Arizonans as he defended his illegal immigration plan.
Do hobbies keep men from having affairs? Dennis thinks they help. Callers weigh in on both sides of the question.
President Obama Press Conference on the Sequester.
Hugh talks about the culture, as it relates to mass shootings.
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SRN Correspondent Greg Clugston keeps you informed about all the news coming from the White House.
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Reporting from Capitol Hill, Linda Kenyon has updates on what's going on in the Senate.
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SRN Correspondent Wally Hindes reports the latest events from Capitol Hill.
"Powerful Democrats" subjected a top Obama administration health-care official "to withering criticism" last week, notes Walter Russell Mead. When Gary Cohen, head of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, appeared before the Senate Finance Committee, chairman Max Baucus of Montana and Sens. Ron Wyden (Ore.), Bill Nelson (Fla.) and Maria Cantwell (Wash.) "tore into him." The hearing didn't attract much journalistic attention; the only stories we could find about it were from a legislative trade publication (the Hill) and a health-policy one (Kaiser Health News).
Universal Orlando will drop health insurance coverage for part-time workers starting in 2014, when a new insurance rule will go into effect under Obamacare, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Universal currently offers part-time employees low-premium coverage with limited benefits that are capped below the level allowed by Obamacare.
Lingering hopes that state resistance would yet derail Obamacare were recently dealt a major and possibly fatal blow. Unable to withstand the law's powerful and perverse incentives, six Republican governors dropped their opposition and agreed to cram more people into Medicaid. Unless the law collapses under the weight of its own internal contradictions, or the country collapses under it, it might well be a fait accompli.
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