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Number of Americans without health insurance hits new low; includes losses from canceled plans #Obamacare

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Republicans are turning themselves inside out to cope with the success of President Obama's health insurance enrollee numbers. They've tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act about 50 times, they tweet incessantly about how Americans are being hurt by Obamacare in one way or another, and they insist that the law is failing. But it is they they who are failing. To the GOP whiners, I say neener neener.

Oh, and there's this from the Los Angeles Times... yet another health insurance report that will make Republican heads explode.

The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped to the lowest level since before President Obama took office, according to a new national survey that provides more evidence the healthcare law is extending coverage to millions of the previously uninsured.

Just 14.7% of adults lacked coverage in the second half of March, down from 18% in the last quarter of 2013, the survey from Gallup found.

The survey results, which track with other recent polling data and enrollment reports, indicate that about 8 million people have gained health insurance since September. That figure takes into account any losses in coverage the law may have brought about by the cancellation of health plans that did not meet the new standards.

Gallup's survey highlights a historic expansion in coverage unparalleled since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid half a century ago.

It also undermines critics' persistent claims that the law has done little to expand health insurance.

oh noesPlus, Gallup said that the late enrollees who will apply through April 15 "could further drive down the uninsured rate in the second quarter of 2014."

but wait there's more smallerIt gets even better:

The drop in uninsured rates was most pronounced among African Americans, Latinos and households earning less than $36,000 a year, three demographic groups targeted by the Obama administration and others working to enroll people under the healthcare law.

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I'd prefer Medicare for All, but for now, this is an improvement over what we had. And it provides the added bonus of driving the GOP up a wall.

More here.

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Sources: Ted Nugent's wife arrested for having gun at airport

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Ted Nugent's wife was allegedly arrested at a Dallas airport for allegedly bringing an alleged gun into the airport terminal.

Allegedly.

Bullseye.

Via TMZ, according to "sources":

The arrest took place at Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport. It's unclear if Ted was with Shemane at the time of the arrest.

All together now:

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Memo to trolls who mocked weekend show: The Ed (Schultz) Show is coming back to weekdays!

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When The Ed Show moved to weekends, my Twitter stream was filled with gleeful trolls who were delighted with the idea of Ed Schultz's apparent inability to hold an audience on weekdays, so they assumed he got forced into accepting his Saturday and Sunday slots.

(FYI: Every time I use the hashtag #EdShow, the trolls swarm like subterranean termites, and they are some of the worst on the Twitter Machine.)

My response to these cretins was that his wife was recovering from a scary bout with cancer, so handling a daily radio show in addition to a daily TV show was a little much. Ed said he was happy with the move because it gave him a little breather.

But that didn't stop those nasty little tweets filled with pointing and laughing and assuming this was the beginning of the end for Big Eddie.

Wrong again, wingnuts. He's ba-a-ack. MSNBC:

The Ed Show hosted by Ed Schultz is moving back to MSNBC’s weekday lineup starting Monday, August 26.point and laugh ha ha

The Ed Show will air Monday – Friday at 5 p.m. ET. Hardball with Chris Matthews will continue at 7 p.m. ET. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC. [...]

MSNBC Longform will fill the 5 p.m. weekends slot starting Saturday, August 31. Hardball with Chris Matthews will continue its weekday re-air at 2 a.m. ET on MSNBC.

The powers that be in MSNBC Land are concerned about one thing: Ratings. They clearly believe that Ed will boost theirs, and bringing his show back to weekdays will likely do just that. First-run Hardball shows will be seen in prime time only now.

Ed Schultz is a great spokesperson for labor unions and middle class workers, plus he's devoted to covering stories on public education and income inequality, among other injustices (voting rights come to mind). His voice is needed, like him or not.

I happen to like him.

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What's that smell? Why, it's the smell of Obama victory: US judge dismisses suit against Dodd-Frank Wall St. reform law

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Note to Republicans: Cordray was confirmed, so any questions about the legality of his appointment went bye-bye. Time to...

stfu shut your pie hole

To rub salt into that GOP wound, a U.S. district judge has now granted the Obama administration's motion to dismiss a  lawsuit filed by Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and others who did not have standing to challenge the Dodd-Frank law.

Judge, short version: No harm, no foul. Now get outta here.

Take that, attorneys general of all eleven states.

Via the L.A. Times:

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Texas bank, two free-market advocacy groups and 11 states against the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, saying they did not show the likelihood of financial harm from the new government authority.

The suit specifically targeted the centerpiece of the law, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, charging the agency was granted too much power and that its director, Richard Cordray, was installed unconstitutionally with a recess appointment in 2012.

If Republicans would stop wasting everyone's time and money going after Dem-supported laws, maybe we could get a few things done around here.

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CBO: Sequester cuts would cost up to 1.6 million jobs through 2014. Cancel sequester? ADD 300K-1.6 million.

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Dear GOP:

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Thursday estimated that keeping the spending cuts from sequestration in place through fiscal 2014 would cost up to 1.6 million jobs.

Canceling the cuts, on the other hand, would yield between 300,000 to 1.6 million new jobs, with the most likely outcome being the addition of 900,000, the CBO said. [...]

“This kind of information should be something that shakes people up a little bit and forces them to recognize the human toll,” Van Hollen said of the CBO report.

Love, The Hill

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Susan Rice as next National Security Advisor. "It's definitely happening."

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Since The Cable is subscription only, Taegan is my go-to on this story:

"Insiders with ties to the Obama administration tell  that U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has become the heir apparent to National Security Advisor Tom Donilon -- a post at the epicenter of foreign-policy decision making and arguably more influential than secretary of state, a job for which she withdrew her candidacy last fall amid severe political pressure."

Said one source: "It's definitely happening."

Yes it is, despite all of this:

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Honestly, at this point, even if I were inclined to dislike and distrust Susan Rice, I'd still be doing back flips over this, simply because of what the GOP has put her through. They are the ones I increasingly dislike and distrust, and they have done nothing to alter my perceptions and everything to heighten them.

Once again, Republicans have made utter horse's asses of themselves over a fantasy-scandal. May it continue to backfire in their sour little faces.

Congratulations, Susan Rice. Feel free to gloat.

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President Obama's victory margin grows, while Romney is stuck with, yes, 47%

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A few days after Election Day, I posted this graphic depicting Mitt Romney’s ironic 47% popular vote:

Then, few days ago, there was this Moment of Irony: Full circle: Mitt Romney likely to finish at– ta daa!– 47 percent.

Today we're finding out that President Obama is widening his lead to 51%, and Willard is still stuck at 47%.

Since President Obama is winning by a bigger margin than GW Bush did, and Bush declared a "mandate," then using that same logic, couldn't Obama say the following, but with more conviction? Especially because a majority of voters agree with the president's tax policy as opposed to disagreeing with Bush's very, very unpopular ones:

Via First Read:

Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman: Obama’s national lead over Romney continues to expand as votes keep on coming in. It’s now Obama 50.9%, Romney 47.4%. That’s a bigger (and more decisive) margin than Bush’s victory over John Kerry in 2004 (which was Bush 50.7% and Kerry 48.2%). What’s more, the president’s lead has grown to close to 3 points in Ohio, 4 points in Virginia and 6 points in Colorado. One doesn’t win Colorado by six points without winning swing voters; there isn’t a big-enough Democratic base to make that argument.

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