Thursday Morning News Roundup 4-3-2014

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning.

  • A Texas Congressman said yesterday’s Fort Hood shooting happened at a medical center. Representative Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, also identified the suspect as Ivan Lopez. Source: CBS DFW… 

  • Charles Koch wrote a column for The Wall Street Journal Wednesday. “I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives. It is those principles — the principles of a free society — that have shaped my life, my family, our company and America itself,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation’s own government.” Source: The Wall Street Journal…

 

  • Democrats on Capitol Hill are treading carefully in the wake of this week’s surprise enrollment success for President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law. While lawmakers are hailing the news that 7.1 million people have gained insurance through Obamacare exchanges ahead of the first enrollment deadline — a number exceeding the initial goal set by the Administration — many are also eager to direct the focus away from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and concentrate instead on bread-and-butter economic issues ahead of November’s midterms. Source: The Hill…

 

  • One of the biggest players in Obamacare’s exchanges says 15 to 20 percent of its new customers aren’t paying their first premium — which means they’re not actually covered. The latest data come from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, whose members — known collectively as “Blues” plans — are participating in the exchanges in almost every State. Source: National Journal…

 

  • The number of security breaches involving Personally Identifiable Information (PII) at Federal agencies has more than doubled in recent years, increasing from 10,481 in 2009 to 25,566 in 2013. Perhaps even more disturbing, the Government Accountability Office found that “none of the seven agencies [in a related study] consistently documented lessons learned from PII breaches.” Source: The Weekly Standard…

 

  • President Barack Obama compared the Republican budget plan unveiled by Representative Paul Ryan this week to a “stinkburger” and a “meanwich” during a speech Wednesday afternoon in Michigan. Referencing his own trip to a local deli in Ann Arbor earlier in the day, Obama offered his suggestions for the name of the GOP budget plan. “If they tried to sell this sandwich at Zingerman’s they’d have to call it the Stinkburger or the Meanwich,” Obama said. Source: Business Insider…

 

  • The BBC should give less airtime to climate skeptics, and its editors should seek special clearance to interview them, according to Britain’s Commons Science and Technology Committee. Andrew Miller, the committee’s Labor chairman, said that appearances on radio and television by climate skeptics such as Lord Lawson of Blaby, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, should be accompanied by “health warnings.” Source: The Times of London…

 

  • More Coloradans are claiming they are being pulled over out of State to see if they have marijuana simply because they have Colorado license plates. Source: CBS Denver…

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