AP Cries Over Access To Obama; ‘SNL’ Obamacare Parody Turns Out To Be True; Herding Mentally Ill Prisoners With Pepper Spray; Handing The President The Keys To The Debt Limit; Obamacare Enrollees Mostly Medicaid – TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 11-1-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Editors of The Associated Press condemned the White House’s refusal to give photojournalists real access to President Barack Obama, who prefers to circulate press release-style pictures taken by his own paid photographers. These official photographs are little more than propaganda, according to AP director of photography Santiago Lyon. Source: The Daily Caller…

 

  • A “Saturday Night Live” parody of Obamacare and the healthcare.gov website got a lot of laughs when “SNL”‘s Kate McKinnon portrayed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Little did the cast know how accurate its over-the-top satire would be when she joked only six people could use the website at once. Source: WTOP

 

  • Videotapes released Thursday by a federal court show mentally ill prisoners in California being forced from their cells by guards who douse them repeatedly with pepper spray. Source: Los Angeles Times…

 

  • Democratic senators have introduced legislation that would grant President Obama, and subsequent presidents, the authority to increase the legal limit on the federal government’s debt unless Congress subsequently voted to disapprove the increase. The bill would effectively take elected members of Congress off the hook for approving an increase in the debt. If the president certified that he was going to increase the debt limit, Congress could simply let him do it without taking a vote–and putting members on the record. Source: CNS News…

 

  • The first month of the new health law’s rollout reveals an unexpected pattern in several states: a crush of people applying for an expansion of Medicaid and a trickle of sign-ups for private insurance. This early imbalance — in some places, nine out of 10 enrollees are in Medicaid — has taken some experts by surprise. The Affordable Care Act, which expanded Medicaid to cover millions of the poorest Americans who couldn’t otherwise afford coverage, envisions a more even split with an expanded, robust private market. Source: The Washington Post…

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