Get Ready For Empire Obama; Cruz: President Should Apologize In Tomorrow’s SOTU; Obamacare – The Gift That Keeps On Taking; Another Congressional Debt Fight Looms; NSA Conducting ‘Industrial Espionage’ – Monday Morning News Roundup 1-27-2014

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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.

  • President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night will seek to shift the public’s souring view of his leadership, a challenge the White House sees as critical to shaping the nation’s policy direction over the next three years. Mr. Obama will emphasize his intention to use unilateral presidential authority—bypassing Congress when necessary—to an extent not seen in his previous State of the Union speeches, White House officials said. Source: The Wall Street Journal… 

 

  • With the bungled launch of Healthcare.gov and the Affordable Care Act causing millions to lose their health care coverage, Ted Cruz urged the President to use Tuesday’s State of the Union address to apologize to the American people. “For the State of the Union, one of the things President Obama really ought to do is look in the TV camera and say to the over 5 million Americans all across this country who’ve had their health insurance canceled because of Obamacare, to look in the camera and say, ‘I’m sorry — I told you if you like your health-insurance plan, you can keep it,’” the Texas Senator said on “Face the Nation.” Source: National Review… 

 

  • Families shopping for health insurance through the new Federal marketplace are running into trouble getting everyone covered when children are eligible for Medicaid but their parents are not. Children who qualify for Medicaid, the safety-net program for the poor and disabled, can’t be included on subsidized family plans purchased through the Federal marketplace, a fact that is taking many parents by surprise and leaving some kids stuck without coverage. Source: CBS DC…

 

  • Republican lawmakers insisted Sunday that any increase in the Nation’s borrowing authority should have policy changes attached, a demand at odds with White House officials and Senate Democrats, who held firm in their position that Congress must pass a “clean” debt-limit increase. Source: The Wall Street Journal… 

 

  • The National Security Agency is involved in industrial espionage and will take intelligence regardless of its value to national security, the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has told a German television network. Source: The Guardian… 

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