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Obamacare ‘Enrollment’ Tanks; Dems Push For IRS Help To Win Midterms; Boehner’s Deficit Legacy; McConnell Does His Part; Cruz Rips RINOs On Debt Vote; Another Coming Out Party For China – Thursday Morning News Roundup 2-13-2014

February 13, 2014 by  

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

  • On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that enrollment in the Obamacare private exchanges increased by 1,146,071 in January. In December, HHS reported1,788,000 enrollees in the month of December. That suggests a drop-off of approximately 500,000, or 29 percent [and we still don’t know how many people are truly “enrolled.”] Source: Weekly Standard… 


  • Senate Democrats facing tough elections this year want the Internal Revenue Service to play a more aggressive role in regulating outside groups expected to spend millions of dollars on their races. In the wake of the IRS targeting scandal, the Democrats are publicly prodding the agency instead of lobbying them directly. Source: The Hill…


  • The debt of the U.S. government has increased by $2.678 trillion in the 2.5 years since House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) completed his first deal to put legislation increasing the debt limit through a Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Source: CNS News…


  • The Senate sent a bill hiking the debt ceiling to President Obama’s desk on Wednesday, but only after a dramatic fight that forced GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) to cast a surprise vote advancing the legislation. Source: The Hill…


  • Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) on Wednesday issued a warning to “establishment politicians from both parties” following the Senate’s vote to raise the debt limit without any spending cuts attached. “There are too many members of Congress who think they can fool people and they will forget about it the next week,” Cruz said. ”But sometimes, come November, the people remember.” Source: National Review…


  • The U.S. is leading the largest multinational military exercise in the Asia-Pacific region, and Chinese media are hailing Beijing’s first-time participation in the annual drill as proof that the communist nation’s “regional military impact” cannot be ignored. Source: The Washington Times…

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