Obama Heckles Heckler, President’s Speech Transcribed, McCain And His Dem Friends, FBI Agents In Boston Arrests Die, Obamacare’s Skimpy Coverage: Afternoon News Links 5-23-2013

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Obama To Gitmo Speech Heckler: ‘Part Of Free Speech Is…You Listening’

President Barack Obama had a hard time getting through parts of his foreign policy speech at the National Defense University Thursday, thanks to Medea Benjamin, co-founder of left-leaning, female anti-militarism group Code Pink. Read more…

Obama Speech Reveals Possible Foreign Policy Redirect—Transcript Provided

President Barack Obama delivered his first major speech on counterterrorism of his second term Thursday, claiming that he will restrict the use of unmanned drones and making other statements that—if true—represent a dramatic shift in the Administration’s foreign policy approach. Read the full transcript…

McCain Sides With Dems On Budget Debate

Senator John McCain criticized fellow Republicans this week, saying that GOP objections to moving forward with a budget — even one that increases the debt ceiling — could encumber future Republican initiatives. Read more…

Two FBI Agents In Boston Bomber Arrest Die In Fall From Helicopter Training Exercise

The FBI released a statement this week confirming the deaths of two FBI agents who specialized in elite counterterror operations and were involved in the arrest of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Read more…

To Avoid Obamacare Costs, Employers Preparing ‘Skinny’ Insurance Plans

In order to avoid having to pay penalties under Obamacare’s mandatory-coverage rule, many employers are readying a new, lower tier of “skinny” healthcare policies that will cover preventive care, but won’t pay for hospital stays. Read more…

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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