In the months since the roll out of the Affordable Care Act, many Americans have heard time and time again about the glitched-filled website, the increase in premiums and the cancellation notices from insurance companies. But now that President Obama has worked his magic to remedy those issues, the conversation has shifted to Medicaid expansion — and namely, criticism of those who choose not to embrace it.
THE NEW YORK TIMES – Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas has not been among the Republicans frequently named as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, but he would like that to change.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES – How seriously did “Saturday Night Live” take the furor around its lack of a black female performer?
Seriously enough to hold a special audition Monday night on the “S.N.L.” stage for seven or eight candidates, one of whom will be hired and will join the cast for shows beginning in January.
Read more at The New York Times.
Christmas caroling has never been quite so hilarious, especially when it involves one of Saturday Night Live’s funniest.
In a 12-3 ruling, a Florida District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that public universities may not prohibit college students from keeping guns in their cars when permitted by state law.
ABC NEWS – The North Korean official publicly purged by Kim Jong-un was set up by his own wife and has since been executed, according to experts and the North Korean state news agency.
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WASHINGTON EXAMINER – The Obama administration on Thursday announced it would take steps to push back an already-delayed deadline to help those struggling to obtain health coverage on Jan. 1 — and extend a federal insurance program for those with preexisting conditions.
Read more at the Washington Examiner.
If Jeopardy host Alex Trebek ever needs a day off, the Rev. Al Sharpton could easily fill in! Except when Sharpton hosts the game show, all of the answers are the same: “Who is Cruz?”
Iman Crosson, the Obama impersonator who has produced hip-hop parodies on the life and times of the 44th president, is back to promote that which cannot be easily promoted: Obamacare.
A small-town police chief is letting Kanye West know that being a “rock” superstar is not, in fact, like being a law enforcement officer or in “war.”
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.
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PolitiFact attempts to downplay “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” falsehood even while dubbing it ‘Lie of the Year’
President Barack Obama’s “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” promise has been rightfully dubbed PolitiFact’s ‘Lie of the Year’ for 2013 — but that didn’t stop the fact-checkers from attempting to downplay the falsehood.
Christmas came early for conservatives on Twitter this afternoon as the official White House Twitter account tweeted this photo of President Barack Obama holding a sign that says “#GetCovered because: Nobody should go broke just because they got sick!”
It’s going to be a very Merry Christmas for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and her family, as the Republican governor had the opportunity to welcome her husband, Michael, home from Afghanistan Thursday after an 11-month deployment.
Monkeys and parrots and $11,000 — oh my!
Michael Shonneric Bryant, a 16-year-old Florida boy was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly stealing at least $11,000 worth of monkeys and parrots from an self-proclaimed exotic bird breeder, according to TCPalm.com.
Live in California and in need some extra spending money for Christmas presents? Local city governments and police departments throughout the state are willing to help you out – provided you cough up your working guns, rifles, shotguns and assault weapons in return.
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR – Facing intense pressure from immigrant advocates who want the president to do more to limit deportations, the Obama administration has quietly issued a directive to help undocumented immigrants who are closely related to military personnel stay in the country.
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THE ORLANDO SENTINEL - A judge sentenced a 16-year-old boy who killed four people while driving drunk to 10 years’ probation in lieu of jail time, saying the boy suffered from “affluenza” because he grew up so wealthy, according to WFAA.com.
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POLITICO - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Democratic House members at a meeting Thursday morning to “embrace the suck” and encouraged enough members to back the budget deal on the floor to allow passage, according to an attendee of the meeting.
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