The Obama administration at work: “U.S. intelligence agencies now have detailed information that Russia has amassed the kind of forces needed for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. But the Obama administration hasn’t shared with Ukraine the imagery, intercepts, and analysis that pinpont the location of the Russian troops ready to seize more Ukrainian land.”
All that effort for a lousy 1.4 million people. “RAND published the full report . . . [and] it indicates that Obamacare’s exchanges only enrolled 1.4 million previously uninsured individuals. That 1.4 million is out of a total of 3.9 million exchange enrollees overall. That is to say, a little over a third of enrollees — 36 percent — were previously uninsured.”
An exertion to find healthy younger people, but not a successful one: “People who signed up early for insurance through the new marketplaces were more likely to be prescribed drugs to treat pain, depression and H.I.V. and were less likely to need contraceptives, according to a new study that provides a much-anticipated look at the population that signed up for coverage under the new health care law. . . . The study . . . suggests that early enrollees face more serious health problems and are older than those covered by their employers.”
The next president will need to labor to restore our allies’ confidence. “At the White House the U.S. Administration still says ‘All options are on the table, and don’t underestimate the president.’ The only thing I can reply is, ‘I travel in the Middle East a fair amount, and talk to Arabs as well as Israelis. I think it’s fair to say that from Morocco to Iran, there is not one single person who believes that.’ I don’t think he has any real allies abroad. If you asked that question a year ago the White House used to say, ‘Erdogan.’ They don’t say, ‘Erdogan’ any more.” Read the whole thing.
Good for him, but for others it’s quite a strain to debunk the Democrats’ claims. “National Journal’s Ron Fournier called on the media to confront Harry Reid over his repeated rants against the Koch brothers on the Senate floor. He also blasted the majority leader for a recent false ad by Reid’s PAC claiming ties between the Kochs and Louisiana Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy, which the Washington Post gave Four Pinocchios.”
If he applies himself he could do for this what he did for the wage-gap issue. “President Barack Obama on Friday will join the larger Democratic effort to spotlight voting rights ahead of this year’s midterms, using a speech to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network to launch his election-year push on the issue.”
It must be a struggle to get a decent education at these bastions of liberalism. “If you have not yet heard, Brandeis University has rescinded its offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born activist whose work has focused on the barbaric misogyny rampant in Islamic societies like the one in which she was raised — and whose efforts to call attention to them as a legislator in the Netherlands led to a political crisis there and her eventual flight to the United States. Given that it only takes a Google search to find out everything one would need to know about her, including the controversial aspects of her views, it is disgustingly laughable for Brandeis president Jack Lawrence to claim he had to withdraw the degree because of information he had only lately discovered. . . . What Lawrence has done here is the nothing less than the act of a gutless, spineless, simpering coward.”