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HUFFPOST HILL - Obama To Skip Kimmel, Probably Because Of All Those Ron Fournier Tweets 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Tensions between Beyonce and Jay-Z have escalated for weeks, but President Obama was too busy smiling for photo-ops to intervene -- why won't he lead? Chuck Schumer uses a comically outdated flip phone to strategize with Harry Reid and, one assumes, Mr. Moviefone. And President Obama is skipping Jimmy Kimmel's show to deal with various crises, though suspending John McCain's campaign would be the more statesmanly thing to do. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014: BILL BECOMES LAW! - The bill was totally bipartisan so almost nobody wrote about it. Gregory Korte: "Federal job training programs will see their biggest overhaul in 16 years after President Obama put his signature Tuesday on a law intended to streamline a tangled web of programs. It's the first major rewrite of federal job training programs since Congress passed the Workforce Development Act in 1998 — when Netscape was the Web browser of choice, résumés were on paper and largely sent in the mail and newspaper want ads were the ...
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'Obamacare' whiplashed by conflicting court rulings 23.7.2014 Yahoo: Politics
A US federal appeals court delivered a potentially crippling blow to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday by limiting insurance subsidies, but a second court issued a contradictory ruling on the issue. The opposing verdicts, just hours apart, brought what one US senator described as "chaos and confusion" to the status of Obamacare, with likelihood growing that the Supreme Court will need to weigh in. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Obama administration can not subsidize Americans who purchased their coverage through a federal government website, and that tax credits established under the 2010 law can only be issued to residents of states that set up their own exchanges for buying insurance. The law unambiguously "limits the availability of premium tax credits to state-established exchanges," two of the panel's three judges wrote in a 72-page ...
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Affordable housing: Santa Clara County and some cities are stepping up 22.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Opinion
Kevin Zwick and Shiloh Ballard say it's been hard recovering from the loss of redevelopment housing dollars, but some Silicon Valley communities are rising to the challenge.
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Big blow to Obamacare 22.7.2014 CNN: Top Stories
The battle over Obamacare took a dramatic turn today with a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid by the government to millions of new enrollees.
White House: Health subsidies not halted by ruling 22.7.2014 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says health subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will continue to flow for the time being despite a major setback delivered by a federal appeals court....
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White House: Health subsidies not halted by ruling 22.7.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says health subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will continue to flow for the time being despite a major setback delivered by a federal appeals court.
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White House: Health subsidies not halted by ruling 22.7.2014 Health
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says health subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will continue to flow for the time being despite a major setback delivered by a federal appeals court.
Obama administration says health care subsidies will keep flowing despite court decision 22.7.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Federals Appeals Court Delivers Serious Setback To Obama Health Care Law 22.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies. If upheld, the decision could mean premium increases for more than half of the 8 million Americans who purchased taxpayer-subsidized insurance under the law. It affects consumers who purchased their coverage through the federal insurance marketplace — or exchange— that serves 36 states. A three-judge panel in Washington ruled 2-1 that the law, as written, only allows insurance subsidies in states that have set up their own exchanges. That invalidated an Internal Revenue Service regulation that allowed subsidies in all 50 states. "We reach this conclusion, frankly, with reluctance," Judge Thomas Griffith said Tuesday. "At least until states that wish to can set up exchanges, our ruling will likely have significant consequences both for the millions of individuals receiving tax credits through ...
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Shipping container apartment being erected in Washington this week 21.7.2014 Washington Post

They are the building blocks of the global economy, 20 million big steel boxes sloshing across oceans on mammoth container ships.

Starting Monday, the first of 18 dented outcasts are set to be stacked in a dug-out District basement, turning a deteriorating student group house into an experiment in creating eye-catching housing, fast and on the cheap.

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The wealth gap is growing, but poor women see one improvement: healthier newborns 21.7.2014 Washington Post

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — As a kid who grew up in violence-racked public housing here, Wanda Verret had no idea what to do when she got pregnant at age 14. She didn’t go to the doctor until her sixth month of pregnancy, smoked cigarettes and dropped out of school. “I was a baby having a baby,” she said.

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Republicans Freak Out At Learning Reagan Decree Protects Lois Lerner 19.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Although legal experts warned at the time that little would come of Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) attempt to prosecute former IRS official Lois Lerner for contempt of Congress, Republicans on Issa's Oversight and Government Reform Committee were infuriated to learn Thursday that a key obstacle is a Reagan administration legal opinion. Issa's committee and then the full House voted to hold Lerner in contempt because she twice asserted her Fifth Amendment right in refusing to testify about her role in the IRS's botched screening of political nonprofits. She led the unit that oversees whether such groups get tax breaks, and was in charge when an inspector general found the IRS used "inappropriate" terms that largely singled out conservative groups. When Congress finds a person in contempt, the matter is referred to federal prosecutors to be brought before a grand jury. Legal experts advised against taking the step, and one of them, Gregory Gilchrist, told HuffPost at the time that it was ...
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House Should Reject Backwards Child Tax Credit Bill 19.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The full House next week will consider the Ways and Means Committee's recently passed Child Tax Credit (CTC) bill. A recent Tax Policy Center (TPC) analysis confirms our previous critical assessments of the proposal, finding that it would make many relatively affluent people better off while making low-income working families poorer. As we explained, the bill makes three main policy decisions that, taken together, constitute poor policy: It extends the Child Tax Credit higher up the income scale -- on a permanent basis -- so more families with six-figure incomes will benefit. The bill raises the income levels at which the CTC begins to phase out. (It also indexes those thresholds to inflation.) Couples with two children making between 150,000 and 205,000 would become newly eligible for the credit; a family making 150,000 a year would receive a new tax cut of 2,200 in 2018. It fails to make permanent a key CTC provision for working-poor families that will expire in 2017 unless Congress acts. The ...
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Darrell Issa Cites House Contempt Vote He Opposed To Justify Holding Another Contempt Vote 17.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is mulling holding a White House official in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena, and he's pointing to a past case as justification for such a move: the 2008 House contempt vote for Harriet Miers, then-President George W. Bush's counsel. But a look back at Issa's role in Miers' contempt vote shows that he opposed that effort every step of the way. Issa was fuming Wednesday after White House political adviser David Simas refused to comply with a subpoena to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Issa chairs, for a hearing examining the activities of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. The White House maintains Simas is immune from a congressional subpoena and, since there's been no sign of wrongdoing by his team, there's no reason he should be forced to testify. So Issa says he's now studying the Miers case to plan his next move. In that instance, Democrats subpoenaed Miers to ...
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As Grays Ferry goes upscale, low-cost homes open 17.7.2014 Philly.com News
When her husband died in December, Lauren Davis knew it was time to move. The rent on her rather tired Grays Ferry home was going up and her landlord was not terribly responsive. The 63-year-old retired teacher's aide feared, however, that she did not have the means to relocate within her beloved neighborhood.
House Hears Arguments On Lawsuit Against President Obama 17.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- A key House committee heard arguments Wednesday about whether to push ahead with a lawsuit brought by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) against President Barack Obama, amid complaints from Democrats that the suit is a political stunt. "This lawsuit is preposterous," said Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, which will vote next week on whether to send the resolution calling for the suit to the House floor. "It is a political exercise that, if history is our guide, will have little chance of surviving in the courts." But Republicans contended that Obama has been acting in an imperial manner and taking the law into his own hands, and that it was up to the House to rein him in. Boehner's suit would allege that Obama has trespassed on Congress' power by delaying various parts of the Affordable Care Act. "Under President Obama, the executive branch has increasingly gone beyond the constraints of the constitution," said Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), the ...
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Darrell Issa's Latest Circus Has Lawmakers Shocked That DOJ Fights Fraud 16.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee took up Rep. Darrell Issa's crusade against the Department of Justice's efforts to root out petty fraud. "In essence, this is a government hit list!" declared Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), in what could have been confused for a comment on drones. "Indefensible and irresponsible," concluded Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.). "If you don't like a given industry, bend your authorities and force that industry out of the financial services space, making it impossible for them to survive." Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), perhaps unaware that Congress is less popular than cockroaches , decided to deride the witnesses before the committee because they work for the government. "You've come in here and said, 'They've committed fraud!' You're an attorney at DOJ!" Duffy shouted, as if DOJ attorneys were not qualified to identify fraudulent transactions. "We have a bureaucrat in the DOJ who says, 'I think it's fraud, and so I'm going to shut ...
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Darrell Issa Won't Drop Subpoena For Top White House Official 16.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) isn't dropping his subpoena to compel a top White House official to testify before his committee on Wednesday, despite an extensive briefing on Tuesday between administration officials and committee staff aimed at resolving the matter. In a letter to White House counsel Neil Eggleston, Issa wrote that David Simas, director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, must still testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in its hearing on the scope of White House political activities. Issa, who chairs the committee, sent the letter after Democratic and GOP staff huddled with White House Counsel staff for more than an hour -- a meeting the White House called in an effort to answer committee questions while demonstrating there is no need for Simas to testify. The briefing didn't appear to satisfy Issa, who, like other lawmakers on the committee, wasn't in the staff-level meeting. "Mr. Simas is still under subpoena and is ...
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Mexican Mortgage Lender Raises Credit Ceiling to Stoke Housing 16.7.2014 Wall St. Journal: World
The Mexican government said Tuesday it is tweaking its mortgage offerings with the aim of breathing life back into the low-income housing sector.
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Why Are We Still Fighting Over Birth Control in the 21st Century? 15.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Walking home from the Capitol recently, I saw the words engraved above the portico of the Supreme Court: "Equal justice under law." These four words are at the heart of the promise of our country -- that every American should be treated equally. That is why millions of Americans, especially women, were so outraged at the court's recent Hobby Lobby ruling, in which five Republican-appointed men decided that a corporation -- your employer -- has the power to deny you coverage for critical health care for you and your family. Those words etched in stone at our nation's highest court don't say "equal justice under law except for women." They don't say "equal justice as long as it's OK with your boss." And yet that is exactly what the court majority said in its ruling. Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito seized on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 to justify giving for-profit companies the sweeping power to deny their employees access to affordable birth control and other health care ...
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