White House Aides Define Obama Doctrine: ‘Don’t Do Stupid Shit’

White House Aides Define Obama Doctrine: ‘Don’t Do Stupid Shit’

Still trying to figure out what President Barack Obama’s foreign policy doctrine is? Search no more. The White House has got you covered.

“For those pining for an Obama Doctrine victory for the president, here it is: ‘Don’t Do Stupid Shit,’” Politico’s Mike Allen wrote in his daily tip sheet, the Politico Playbook, Saturday. “Playbook rarely prints a four-letter word — our nephews are loyal readers. But we are, in this case, because that is the precise phrase President Obama and his aides are using in their off-the-record chats with journalists.”

Allen went on to point out all the places the phrase has popped up in recent days and weeks.

“If the aim was to get this phrase in circulation to define the Obama doctrine, mission accomplished!” he wrote. “It appeared in the L.A. Times at the end of Obama’s Asia trip this spring, was reprised in the lead story of Thursday’s New York Times, and is used TWICE in today’s NYT — once in the news columns, and once in a column by Tom Friedman, who was part of an off-the-record roundtable with Obama on Tuesday.”

“WHAT’S CLEAR is that the White House is pushing this line hard, and effectively,” he concluded. “What’s not clear is how a high school cliché will help successfully define a foreign policy that many on the right and left find soft and uninspired.”

For the smartest president in the history of humanity, this is hardly a sophisticated, much less ambitious, doctrine. As for whether President Obama has lived up to his own doctrine, well, that’s another question altogether.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/01/white-house-aides-reveal-obama-doctrine-dont-do-stupid-shit/#ixzz33QobsNto

Ohio Obamacare Premiums Up By Double-Digits For 2015

Ohio Obamacare Premiums Up By Double-Digits For 2015

Obamacare premiums in Ohio will rise by 13 percent on average in 2015, the state’s insurance department announced Thursday.

Overall, that will mean the average health insurance premium will cost $374.42 per month next year, compared to $332.58 each month for coverage in 2014.

Small businesses will be hit with an 11 percent average premium hike, bringing up the average monthly cost to $446.78, up from $401.99 for comparable health policies this year.

“It’s bad news, no doubt, but it’s what we expected and it’s what the research we did in advance predicted would happen,” said Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor in a statement. “Ohio has traditionally had a very competitive insurance market which meant our rates were lower than a lot of other states. That means that Obamacare is hitting us harder and driving our costs us significantly.”

Ohio is one of the first states to release insurance companies’ proposals for 2015 premium rates. Virginia, Washington and Indiana have all announced significant premium hikes for next year.

Virginia, the first to release rates, saw insurers request premium increases ranging from 3.3 percent to 14.7 percent. (RELATED: Virginia First To Release Post-Obamacare Premium Proposals: Rate Hikes For All)

Washington state, which boasted a fairly highly-regulated insurance market with higher markets before the health care law, saw hikes from 0.6 percent to 26 percent, with just one very small insurer opting to lower premiums. (RELATED: All But One Washington State Insurer To Hike Premiums)

President Obama had promised that the health care law would lower the average family’s premiums by $2,500 each year, but the pledge has been abandoned by Obamacare supporters.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/29/ohio-obamacare-premiums-up-by-double-digits-for-2015/#ixzz339KMQ43n

Democratic Wave Builds For Shinseki’s Removal

Democratic Wave Builds For Shinseki’s Removal

Six Democratic Senators and two Democratic Senate candidates want a resignation note from the Veterans Affairs secretary, stat.

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, N.C. Sen. Kay Hagan, Montana Sen. John Walsh, and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, and New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, have called for his resignation on Wednesday. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner joined the group on Thursday morning.

They’ve been joined by the Democratic Senate hopefuls from Kentucky and Georgia — Allison Grimes and Michelle Nunn.

Several more Democratic Senators from GOP-leaning states — Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oregon — may join the resignation caucus on Thursday and Friday.

All face tough or competitive elections this fall. The scandal gives them good political reasons to support angry veterans and their families in their states — and President Barack Obama’s low poll ratings ensure there’s little advantage in publicly supporting him.

That creates a strategic dilemma for Obama.

He wants to keep the Senate under Democratic control, but also to shield himself from the scandal in his own administration.

He’ has not taken the painful step of firing his own appointee, which would publicly put him at the center of the non-partisan scandal, and further damage his poll ratings.

So’s he trying to put a lot distance between himself and Eric Shinseki before the end of June. That’s when a complete report on cover-ups and hidden waiting lists at the VA is slated to be dropped onto Obama’s Oval Office desk, and when Shinseki’s days in the cabinet likely will come to an end.

Obama is already walking away from Shinseki and hinting at his departure. “I know that Ric’s attitude is if he does not think he can do a good job on this and if he thinks he has let our veterans down, then I’m sure that he is not going to be interested in continuing to serve,” Obama said March 21 at a brief press conference in the White House. But, Obama said, “at this stage, Ric is committed to solving the problem and working with us to do it.”

Shinseki didn’t appear at the press conference, so the media didn’t get a picture of Obama standing alongside his apparently doomed appointee. On Memorial Day, Shinseki got the cold shoulder from his boss.

That’s a sharply different message from May 19, when press secretary Jay Carney declared that “the President has confidence in Secretary Shinseki.”

Administration officials likely want to repeat their choreographed resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who walked out of the cabinet in April with the blame for Obamacare’s disastrous October rollout pinned on her back — but not on Obama’s chest.

The strategy was highlighted by an official White House leak to Politico, in which Obama’s deputies portray the president as eager to see if Shinseki can reverse the damage. The subtext of that targeted leak is that the problem belongs to Shinseki, not to the president who appointed him.

The Sebelius blame-shifting took a few months, and was eased by an apparently successful resuscitation of the Obamacare website at the end of March.

But there’s no chance that the VA’s systemic problems — and past misdeeds — can be repaired before the final report arrives at the end of June, less than five months before the midterm election.

When the final report arrives, administration officials likely want Shinseki already out the door and carrying all the blame for the VA scandal far, far, far away from the Oval Office.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/28/democratic-wave-builds-for-shinsekis-removal/#ixzz337orFlLE

Columbia University Is Spending Millions Of Tax Dollars On Fake Climate-Change Death Voicemails

Columbia University Is Spending Millions Of Tax Dollars On Fake Climate-Change Death Voicemails

Columbia University in New York City is spending a $5.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to produce projects that show several conjectural scenarios that promoters of global-warming science swear will happen soon if the developed world doesn’t mend its evil ways.

One of the taxpayer-funded creations is a large series of fictitious voicemails in which people complain and gasp for breath, reports Campus Reform.

For example, in one of the pretend voicemails, set in 2065, a man tells his mother that he is really worried about dying from either rising temperatures or a huge tsunami.

“If the tsunami doesn’t get us, the heat might,” the man says. “I’m just calling to say I love you and I miss you and it might be the last time you hear my voice. Bye.”

In another fake voicemail, a woman struggles frantically for breath because she is “out of CO2 credits,” according to Campus Reform.

In still another voicemail, a man who says he is 70 laments that glaciers “are just gone now.”

Other predictions the taxpayer-funded voicemails make are that hurricanes will be exceedingly common by 2020 and that most current coastlines will “have disappeared” by 2059.

This year’s price for a single year of undergraduate tuition, room and board and various expenses at the Ivy League bastion is $64,665.

Each year, students fly in large jet airplanes to the Upper West Side campus from all around the country and the world. Study-abroad programs are available in far-flung places all over the planet including China, Jordan, Russia and Brazil.

As of 2013, Columbia’s endowment was almost $8.2 billion dollars.

The $5.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation is for Columbia’s PoLAR Climate Change Education project, which uses different games to “engage adult learners and inform public understanding and response to climate change.”

The point is to “motivate exploration and learning of complex material.”

You can hear all of the voicemails at a website called FutureCoast, which was created under the grant.

A page at the site suggests that “FutureCoast makes a great classroom activity!” It also provides a lesson plan, which involves geocaching.

The fine print at FutureCoast dutifully notes that the whole thing is “a work of fiction” and “any resemblance between its characters and any person, living, dead or yet unborn, is a coincidence.”

Columbia received its generous grant in 2012. The grant will expire in 2017.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/27/columbia-university-is-spending-millions-of-tax-dollars-on-fake-climate-change-death-voicemails/#ixzz32xAPEUif

Source: Iran Tested Detonators For Nuclear Weapons Unknown To IAEA

Source: Iran Tested Detonators For Nuclear Weapons Unknown To IAEA

Iran has conducted several high-explosive tests on detonators designed for its nuclear weapons program, according to a former officer of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards.

The officer witnessed the detonator tests in the fall of 2007 at the regime’s clandestine TABA Complex (also known as the Tehran Complex), located northwest of Tehran, where centrifuge parts are produced. The source, who cannot be named for security purposes and who is now in asylum in Italy, provided information on the TABA facility and other nuclear activities to the U.S. Embassy in an undisclosed country.

The source said the tests were conducted in five rectangular chambers, one large and four smaller, with the big container approximately 40 feet long, 20 feet wide and over 10 feet high with a single door in front and another door inside. The big chamber was used for the tests, one small chamber was set up close to the big one for adjustment and leveling, and officials were in the other small chambers.

The chambers were transported at night by heavy trucks to the test site. The tests were witnessed by Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, the chief of staff of the armed forces, Mostafa Najjar, the defense minister at the time, Gen. Mahmoud Mohammadi, the head of security, and others, and were deemed successful.

Following the tests, according to the source, the facility was shut down for several days so traces of the tests could be cleaned up. Several times thereafter, a special team tested the area for any sign of nuclear contamination.

The source added that a year earlier, in the summer of 2006, 12 barrels of highly enriched uranium were transferred to the TABA Complex and hidden in an underground facility that runs parallel below three buildings. The area was then sealed, the source concluded, because of an upcoming inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Testing material was transferred back to its original site 17 days later.

Around this time, a regime directive ordered all nuclear work to be transferred to military sites due to their immunity to inspections, the source said.

The regime — after an inquiry by the IAEA into its Parchin military site, suspected as a location for conducting high-explosive nuclear weapons tests — produced steel chambers so it could conduct additional nuclear detonator tests at various locations.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/27/source-iran-tested-detonators-for-nuclear-weapons-unknown-to-iaea/#ixzz32x0ijTN8

Iran’s Supreme Leader: Jihad Will Continue Until America is No More

Iran’s Supreme Leader: Jihad Will Continue Until America is No More

Reza Kahlili

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, all but said on Sunday that negotiations over the country’s illicit nuclear program are over and that the Islamic Republic’s ideals include destroying America.

“Those [Iranians] who want to promote negotiation and surrender to the oppressors and blame the Islamic Republic as a warmonger in reality commit treason,” Khamenei told a meeting of members of parliament, according to the regime’s Fars News Agency.

Khamenei emphasized that without a combative mindset, the regime cannot reach its higher Islamic role against the “oppressors’ front.”

“The reason for continuation of this battle is not the warmongering of the Islamic Republic. Logic and reason command that for Iran, in order to pass through a region full of pirates, needs to arm itself and must have the capability to defend itself,” he said.

“Today’s world is full of thieves and plunderers of human honor, dignity and morality who are equipped with knowledge, wealth and power, and under the pretense of humanity easily commit crimes and betray human ideals and start wars in different parts of the world.”

In response to a question by a parliamentarian on how long this battle will continue, Khamenei said,“Battle and jihad are endless because evil and its front continue to exist. … This battle will only end when the society can get rid of the oppressors’ front with America at the head of it, which has expanded its claws on human mind, body and thought. … This requires a difficult and lengthy struggle and need for great strides.”

Khamenei cited the scientific advancement of the country. “The accelerated scientific advancement of the last 12 years cannot stop under any circumstances,” he said, referring to the strides the regime has made toward becoming a nuclear power.

As reported on May 19 on The Daily Caller, Iran has put up new roadblocks to reaching a deal with the P5+1 world powers over its illicit nuclear program. The powers are the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany.

Three days of negotiations in the fourth round of Geneva meetings ended recently without concrete results when the Iranian team presented the country’s new “red lines” — diminishing any hope by the Obama administration to claim victory in its approach to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, according to reports from Iran.

The Obama administration had hoped that with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif showing an eagerness to solve the nuclear issue and address the West’s concerns, there would be a possibility for a negotiated solution. An interim agreement penned last November in Geneva was touted as an “historic nuclear deal.”

Under that agreement, Iran, in return for billions of dollars in sanctions relief, limited its enrichment activity to the 5 percent level with a current stockpile of over 10 tons (enough for six nuclear bombs), converted much of its 20 percent enriched stock to harmless oxide, and agreed to allow more intrusive inspections of its nuclear plants by the International Atomic Energy Agency, whose inspections were limited to only agreed-upon facilities.

The Iranian delegation last week presented new red lines that could not be crossed, including the expansion of the country’s research and development for its nuclear program, the need of the country to continue enrichment, and the fact that the country’s ballistic missile program — despite U.N. sanctions — is not up for negotiation.

At the same time, IAEA officials met again with their Iranian counterparts last week in Tehran to discuss information on the work on detonators and needed collaboration by the regime to clear outstanding issues on its nuclear program as part of seven transparency steps Iran had agreed to fulfill by May 15, which has yet to take place.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/25/irans-supreme-leader-jihad-will-continue-until-america-is-no-more/#ixzz32rQSxHmT

Euro And UK Elite Swamped By Populist Wave

Euro And UK Elite Swamped By Populist Wave

Final vote-counts on Sunday night showed a huge victory for the U.K.’s new anti-establishment party, which gained almost 30 percent of the ballot and 24 out of 73 U.K. seats in the pan-European parliament.

The established right-of-center and left-of Conservative Party (also called the tory party) and Labour Party won only 19 and 20 seats, respectively, amid a wave of public opposition to large-scale immigration and the growing power of the European parliament.

The two establishment parties lost seven seats each. The upper-income progressive party, the Liberal Democrats, lost all but one of its 11 seats in the European parliament.

UKIP’s charismatic leader, Nigel Farage, gloated about his party’s success. “Never before in the history of British politics has a party seen to be an insurgent party ever topped the polls in a national election,” he said.

Voters had “delivered about the most extraordinary result that has been seen in British politics for 100 years and I am proud to have led them to that.”

Elections for the U.K.‘s parliament are due next year, and the party may “hold the balance of power in another hung parliament,” said Farage, whose party was created in 1993.

The demand for national self-government and lower immigration was seen in several European countries, where various nationalist parties with right-of-center or left-of-center economic policies gained votes at the expense of establishment parties.

The European-wide wave parallels the constitution-minded tea party movement in the United States, which opposes “crony-capitalism” in Washington D.C., and the push by progressives and business groups to double the annual inflow of legal immigrants and guest workers up to roughly 4 million per year. That inflow would be roughly equal to the number of American youths who turn 18 each year, and would drastically increase the labor supply, amid a slack economy, a shrinking middle-class, increasing automation, and flat wages.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/26/euro-and-uk-elite-swamped-by-populist-wave/#ixzz32q8evVoz

In Need Of A Bailout: The ‘Che Cafe,’ A Co-Op Run By Commie-Loving Students

In Need Of A Bailout: The ‘Che Cafe,’ A Co-Op Run By Commie-Loving Students

Proving that communism has worked no better for students at a University of California-San Diego cooperative living space than it did for the billions of citizens of the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China, the aptly-named “Che Cafe” is quickly running out of cash.

In the cleverly titled article, “In the Red,” The UCSD Guardian noted that the Che Cafe–a student-run co-op named after mass-murdering dictator Che Guevara and governed by the communist philosophy–has become a “money pit consistently plagued with safety issues.”

The co-op hosts musical performances and other events, relying on “voluntary manpower” to sustain itself, according to The College Fix.

Such an approach isn’t paying the bills, however. The Che Cafe is behind on its rent payments and needs to make several improvements to keep the building up to code. (RELATED: Thanks, Taxpayers: Public University Presidents Getting Even Richer)

To keep alive the dream of Che–a South American revolutionary who relished his work as an executioner at La Cabana prison, where he murdered dissidents–co-op students have asked the university for over a million dollars.

The money would come out of mandatory student fees, meaning that the broader campus population of UCSD would be subsidizing the collectivist dreams of the few.

It is likely that most students would oppose this plan, given that just last year they voted against a proposed tuition increase that would have funded renovations for other campus buildings.

But the co-op’s student-managers claim that providing for their way of life is the responsibility of the university. They have even retained a lawyer to argue their case–a move that baffled administrators.

“We were kind of blindsided; in the meeting, we were supposed to meet with just students,” said Sammy Chang, chair of University Center’s Advisory Board, in a statement to the Guardian. “The Che Cafe has made this into a legal issue. We can’t talk anymore — we have to talk in front of attorneys.”

Permanent revolution, or a desperate cash grab? Whatever the students are doing, they certainly aren’t taking their hero’s advice. As The College Fix noted, Che had little patience for those who questioned authority, famously saying, “Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates! Instead they must dedicate themselves to study, work and military service!”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/21/in-need-of-a-bailout-the-che-cafe-a-co-op-run-by-commie-loving-students/#ixzz32NzPxrlF

Dem SLAMS Shinseki And Obama Over VA Scandal [VIDEO]

Georgia Democratic Rep. David Scott fumed on the House floor Wednesday saying that he was “very disappointed” in President Obama and calling for the removal of Sec. of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki amid a scandal gripping VA hospitals.

Scott is co-sponsoring a bill that would allow Congress to “replace and be able to fire” senior Veterans Administration executives.

Administrators at VA hospitals throughout the U.S. have reportedly been keeping secret lists of veterans in order to hide treatment delays.

Forty veterans on the lists may have died while awaiting treatment at the Phoenix hospital, CNN reported. Twenty-six hospitals are being investigated.

In a fiery House speech, Scott offered harsh words for Shinseki and Obama over the current scandal as well as other shortcomings within the agency.

Scott said that he and Republican House Veterans Affairs committee chairman Jeff Miller visited the Atlanta VA hospital where he said administrators assured them that no more veterans had committed suicide.

“And they told a damn lie! Because the very next day it was exposed there was another solider that committed suicide. And they covered it up,” said Scott.

The Congressman also expressed frustration at what he considers Obama’s lack of urgency.

“I listened to the President today, and I was very disappointed with President Obama today,” he said. “There was no urgency. Mr. President, we need urgency, we need you to roll up our sleeves and get into these hospitals!”

Shinseki, a retired Army four-star general, has said that he will not resign as head of the Veterans Administration. In Senate testimony last week, he said he was “mad as hell” over the reports of the secret lists.

“It is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period,” Obama told reporters Wednesday after meeting with Shinseki. He said he will not fire Shinseki, though a special counsel has been appointed to investigate the scandal.

Last week, Miller proposed a bill allowing the head of the Veterans Affairs Department greater leeway in firing poorly-performing senior executives. Miller said on the House floor Wednesday that the current administration is “calcified in bureaucratic red tape.” The bill has bi-partisan support.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio submitted a companion bill in the Senate.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/21/dem-slams-shinseki-and-obama-over-va-scandal-video/#ixzz32NxxHkCF

HEALTHCARE.GOV WILL COST OVER $1 BILLION TO BUILD

HEALTHCARE.GOV WILL COST OVER $1 BILLION TO BUILD

The Obama administration will spend over $1 billion on HealthCare.gov, the still-incomplete Obamacare website, by the end of the year, according to Obama nominee Sylvia Burwell’s testimony to Congress.

Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander asked Burwell, the nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, to provide details on federal spending on the embattled health care website during a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Alexander serves as the ranking Republican.

Burwell responded with specifics of HealthCare.gov’s finances.

“It is my understanding that as of February 28, 2014, CMS has obligated a total of approximately $834 million on Marketplace-related IT contracts and interagency agreements,” Burwell wrote to the HELP Committee. “These expenditures include the website and the systems that support enrollment through the Marketplace, such as the data services hub as well as other supporting IT infrastructure, including cloud computing, to support Marketplace IT development.”

And that’s just through February. By the end of the year, HealthCare.gov spending is expected to rise to over $1 billion.

“The president’s budget reflects a need for approximately $200 million for all Marketplace-related IT in FY 2015, some of which is funded through user fees,” she continued. “Much of this amount reflects ongoing operational and maintenance costs of healthcare.gov, as well as continued development.”

After HealthCare.gov’s disastrous roll-out last fall, the Obama administration’s tech surge managed to fix a significant portion of consumer-facing problems on the website. But the back end of the website, which communicates application information between the federal government and insurance companies, still hasn’t been finished.

Standardized insurance forms and verification systems for premium subsidies still haven’t been finished, and in theory, will be set up by 2015 using the extra $200 million the White House has requested.

Burwell notes that some of the funding will come from user fees — typically a 1-3 percent tax that Obamacare customers pay on their insurance premiums each month to fund the exchange’s operations. Many state-run exchanges are struggling to fund their own costly operations with just monthly user fees. (RELATED: DC Will Tax All Insurers To Pay For Obamacare Exchange)

A HELP committee source told the Washington Examiner that not only will the next $200 million for the website be partly paid for by “accounts the HHS Secretary has a little more leeway to spend in ways she sees fit if Congress doesn’t specifically appropriate money.”

In addition to $1 billion HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration has spent hundreds of millions on federal grants to states establishing their own exchanges. Four state-run exchanges on the edge of collapse have used $474 million in federal taxpayer dollars so far.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/20/healthcare-gov-will-cost-over-1-billion-to-build/#ixzz32IHmxV59