Obama On Three-Year Defense Now; A Do-Over For Healthcare.gov?; Black Boxes Could Tax Cars; Tiers Of Taxes; Banning The Big Fridge – Monday Morning News Roundup 10-28-2013

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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.

  • President Obama is facing the abyss. It’s that moment when a president’s plans are overwhelmed by his problems, and he’s relegated to playing defense for the rest of his White House term. Obama’s agenda already lingers near death. His poll numbers have slipped to new lows. His speeches are full of alibis and accusations. Obama hasn’t reached the point of no return, but he’s close. Source: The Weekly Standard…

 

  • The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Obamacare’s Web site, already a tangled mess, might need to be rebuilt from scratch to to protect against cyber-thieves because he fears it’s not a safe place right now for health care consumers to deposit their personal information. Source: New York Post…

 

  • As America’s road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car. The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America’s major roads. Source: Los Angeles Times…

 

  • The EU is now in the process of taking away larger size electric appliances from consumers, saying they consume too much energy. Small appliances are enough for the citizens and they’ll just have to learn to like them. Source: NoTricksZone climate blog…

 

  • Nothing thrives in Illinois like local government – almost 7,000 units that tax, spend and drive up debt in a state struggling to pay off vendors and cover almost $100 billion of unfunded pension liabilities. More than any other state, Illinois illustrates how local taxing bodies flourish across the U.S., whether urban or rural, Republican or Democrat. The governments duplicate services and burn tax dollars at the same time states slash money for education and Washington cuts discretionary spending. Source: Bloomberg…

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