BCBS Drops 40 Percent Of D.C.-Area Market Thanks To Obamacare; Snowden Refutes Feinstein: The NSA’s Hands Touch Everything; DHS Confiscates Reporter’s Work; The Slain Capitol Hill Driver 911 Tapes; Gov’t Beneficiaries Outnumber Full Time Workers; Teachers’ Union Bats For Sex Offenders – TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 10-25-2013

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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.

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is being forced to cancel plans that currently cover 76,000 individuals in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., due to changes made by President Obama’s health care law, the company told the Washington Examiner Thursday. That represents more than 40 percent of the 177,000 individuals covered by CareFirst in those states. Source: Washington Examiner…

 

  • National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday disputed Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) claim that the government’s phone record collection program is not “surveillance.” “Today, no telephone in America makes a call without leaving a record with the NSA. Today, no Internet transaction enters or leaves America without passing through the NSA’s hands,” Snowden said in a statement Thursday. Source: The Hill…

 

  • A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed. Source: The Daily Caller…

 

  • Stamford, Connecticut police have released several 911 tapes that shed light on the emotional state of Miriam Carey, the woman who led Capitol Hill police on a car chase earlier this month before she was shot dead. Source: CBS New York…

 

  • Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau. They also out-numbered the total population of the Philippines. Source: CNS News…

 

  • With support from teachers’ unions such as the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, liberals like Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Min.) are opposing a bill that would help protect school children from the possibility of being exposed to criminals, including sex offenders, in America’s schools. Source: Breitbart…

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