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Insurers see double-digit Obamacare price rises in 2015 due to lack of enrollees

By David Morgan and Caroline Humer (Reuters) – U.S. consumers eligible for Obamacare health plans could see double-digit price hikes next year in states that fail to draw large numbers of enrollees for 2014, including some states that have been hostile to the healthcare law, according to insurance industry officials…

Putin shrugs off U.S. sanctions on top aides but holds off on reprisals

President Vladimir Putin on Friday made light of the latest US sanctions against his aides over the Ukraine crisis, saying Moscow would hold off on reciprocal punitive measures. “You know, both in the first case — the American sanctions — and in the second case — the introduction of a…

South Carolina lawmakers fail in attempt to undo Obamacare

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – South Carolina lawmakers failed to derail implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law in the state when a measure was defeated in the Republican-controlled Senate. Last year, the state House passed an amendment that nullified the law by calling for…

Members of Congress ‘proud’ to be sanctioned by Russia’s Putin

US lawmakers scoffed at sanctions imposed on them by Russia Thursday, saying it was a point of pride to be on President Vladimir Putin’s blacklist. Minutes after President Barack Obama announced expanded sanctions against Russian officials over the Ukraine crisis, the Kremlin struck back with travel bans against US lawmakers,…

Senate confirms Wall Street critic for Treasury Department post

By Richard Cowan and Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin to be the No. 2 official at the Treasury Department, backing a critic of Wall Street to help coordinate an overhaul of financial regulations. The Senate approved the nomination…

FL teacher who routinely tweets ‘OBAMA IS A P*SSY’ upset at exclusion from Obama event

A social studies teacher at a Florida high school is claiming that his “right to free speech” was violated when school administrators barred him from a recent appearance of President Barack Obama. Coral Reef Senior High teacher Randall Scott had said that he “would rather dine in Hell with Satan”…

GOP lawmaker to Obama: No more funny stuff until all Benghazi questions answered

A Texas Republican lawmaker was less than amused by President Barack Obama trading insults with comedian Galifianakis during a light-hearted interview segment. “The President shouldn’t be wasting time on a parody interview,” tweeted Rep Randy Weber (R-TX). “He should be focusing on the current state of affairs across the globe.”…

WATCH: Senior DEA official refuses to say whether weed is more dangerous than alcohol

A senior U.S. drug enforcement official refused to state whether alcohol was more or less dangerous than marijuana during a House oversight committee hearing on Tuesday. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) asked DEA deputy director Thomas Harrigan about recent comments made by his colleague, DEA administrator Michele Leonhart. At the National…

Paul Ryan stuns CNN host: Keystone pipeline will solve Russia’s Ukraine invasion

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) shocked CNN host Kate Bolduan on Wednesday when he asserted that Congress and President Barack Obama could solve the crisis in Ukraine by approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The Wisconsin Republican began his interview saying that he did know if he agreed with Sen. Lindsey Graham…

Check it out: Barack Obama is the face of contraband Viagra in Pakistan

In an image suggestive of Ian Fleming’s James Bond, President Barack Obama is the new face of contraband Viagra in Pakistan. Despite unpopularity there for his frequent drone attacks — the American president remains a model of strength in marketing Pfizer’s popular sex drug abroad. Pakistan, where Viagra is banned,…

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