President Obama’s golf game forced the dream Hawaii wedding of two Army captains to be moved at the last moment. Read the rest of this entry
President Trump took his message “straight to the people” Thursday in a wide-ranging and at times contentious press conference that covered Russian relations, leaks to the media, immigration policy, the final fate of ObamaCare and a multitude of other subjects. Read the rest of this entry
Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he had chosen Chicago’s troubled south side as the location for his presidential library.
In a video message, Obama indicated he wanted the facility to be built in the area where he earned his chops as a community organizer, and where unemployment and underdevelopment remain major problems. Read the rest of this entry
Score one for the President. He was right when he said he has NEVER called Kanye West‘s home, despite Kanye’s protestations to the contrary. Read the rest of this entry
WADOO!! Iron Man 3, Barack Obama Disney/Marvel “Basically, I’m here to announce that we’re building Iron Man.” Seriously. President Barack Obama said that during a White House manufacturing innovation event. Sure, he was joking, but we all know that in some way or another, there is truth to that statement. We didn’t get much more info besides Obama revealing that “researchers who invent some of the most advanced metals on the planet; designers who are modeling prototypes in the digital cloud; folks from the Pentagon who help to support their work” are involved with a “secret project we’ve been working on for a while.” That’s enough info for us, though, and we are here to tell the POTUS to stop this immediately. VIDEO: Jimmy Kimmel surprised an adorable 7-year-old battling brain cancer with an appearance by Iron Man! Of course you were probably excited at first at the idea that there might be an Iron Man protecting our country in the near future, but if we take what happened in Marvel’s Iron Man trilogy as gospel (which we do because movies are all based on truth!), then this is an awful, terrible idea. Here’s why: All the destruction! Iron Man GIF Iron Man GIF In case you missed three Iron Man movies and The Avengers, usually wherever Iron Man goes, destruction follows. Remember that one time Ronald Reagan wanted to build a missile defense system based off Star Wars? Dude wanted to build our own Death Star! Thankfully it didn’t pan out (at least as of yet). This is the same situation, and we want to keep our landmarks not blown up, thank you all very much. READ: Just when we thought Google Glasses couldn’t get any creepier… Other countries will try and take it from us! Or copy us! Iron Man GIF Hello?! Iron Man 2 was all about how other countries were trying (and failing) to build their own Iron Man weapons. That will almost definitely happen if we have our own Iron Man-like device. Everyone would want a piece of that action. No bueno. Robert Downey Jr. will not be in the suit. Iron Man GIF So what’s the point? Villains will rise! Iron Man GIF Iron Man GIF Iron Man GIF If this Iron Man suit becomes a superhero figure (and he will), then that means all kinds of evil genius villains are going to pop up to fight him (or her because it’s 2014 and women can be Iron Man, too). They’ll be just like comic book villains…but worse because they’ll be real and all up in your Whole Foods and whatnot. WATCH: Speaking of scary technology, watch Netflix mock Amazon’s drones in this commercial parody But on the plus side… Aliens invading? No problem! Iron Man GIF If an alien race attacks us with an army of hoverboard-riding soliders and giant worm creatures, we’ve got that covered. To sum up: Let’s leave Iron Man stuff to Robert Downey Jr. and Joss Whedon.
“Basically, I’m here to announce that we’re building Iron Man.”
Seriously. President Barack Obama said that during a White House manufacturing innovation event. Sure, he was joking, but we all know that in some way or another, there is truth to that statement. Read the rest of this entry
WADOO!!News/ Michelle Obama(@MichelleObama ) Wishes Barack Happy Valentine’s Day With Super Cute Instagram Pic—Check It Out!
Michelle Obama is wishing hubby President Barack Obama a happy Valentine’s Day with the cutest photo ever! Read the rest of this entry
President Obama is one of the coolest presidents ever, but even he has his “dad fashion” moments. Case in point: last Christmas’ memorable pleated-pants-and-turquoise-shirt mess, which might have been one of the frumpier outfits POTUS has ever worn.
But this year, we spied a definite improvement. President and Michelle Obama returned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii for their annual Christmas visit with service members and their families, and they both looked laid-back and relaxed. FLOTUS was in her signature holiday headband (it comes out every winter break), and POTUS tried another short-sleeve button-down shirt tucked into a pair of belted pants.
But this time, they were flat front pants. No pleats in sight. It’s a Christmas miracle, folks.
WASHINGTON — Here comes the ObamaCare tax bill.
The cost of President Obama’s massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills.
Most insurers aren’t advertising the ObamaCare taxes that are added on to premiums, opting instead to discretely pass them on to customers while quietly lobbying lawmakers for a break.
But one insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, laid bare the taxes on its bills with a separate line item for “Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes.”
The new taxes on one customer’s bill added up to $23.14 a month, or $277.68 annually, according to Kaiser Health News. It boosted the monthly premium from $322.26 to $345.40 for that individual.
The new taxes and fees include a 2 percent levy on every health plan, which is expected to net about $8 billion for the government in 2014 and increase to $14.3 billion in 2018.
There’s also a $2 fee per policy that goes into a new medical-research trust fund called the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Insurers pay a 3.5 percent user fee to sell medical plans on the HealthCare.gov Web site.
ObamaCare supporters argue that federal subsidies for many low-income Americans will not only cover the taxes, but pay a big chunk of the premiums.
But ObamaCare taxes don’t stop with health-plan premiums.
Americans also will pay hidden taxes, such as the 2.3 percent medical-device tax that will inflate the cost of items such as pacemakers, stents and prosthetic limbs.
Those with high out-of-pocket medical expenses also will get smaller income-tax deductions.
Americans are currently allowed to deduct expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of their annual income. The threshold jumps to 10 percent under ObamaCare, costing taxpayers about $15 billion over 10 years.
Then there’s the new Medicare tax.
Under ObamaCare, individual tax filers earning more than $200,000 and families earning more than $250,000 will pay an added 0.9 percent Medicare surtax on top of the existing 1.45 percent Medicare payroll tax. They’ll also pay an extra 3.8 percent Medicare tax on unearned income, such as investment dividends, rental income and capital gains.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration touted a surge of more than 2 million visitors Monday at HealthCare.gov, plus about 250,000 calls to ObamaCare call centers.
“Volumes remain high but not equal to [Monday] and we have not had to deploy our queuing system on the site,” said Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, referring to a virtual waiting room that is activated when the site is overloaded.
“We are taking thousands of calls at our call centers, which remain open until midnight, and we are seeing thousands of visitors complete enrollment online,” she said.
It wasn’t smooth sailing for everyone on the troubled site.
Software techie Jeff Karaaro tweeted in frustration: “Got three different codes trying to submit plan choices. No [one] can tell me what they mean. I nor call center can complete my application due to error.”
President Obama admitted Friday that the launch of his signature health care reform was his worst mistake of 2013.
“Since I’m in charge, obviously we screwed it up,” he told reporters.
In a year-end press conference, Obama was asked to identify the worst error of his administration this year.
“There’s no doubt that when it came to healthcare roll-out, even though I was meeting every other week or every three weeks with folks … the fact is, it didn’t happen in the first month, the first six weeks, in a way that was at all acceptable,” he replied.
But aside from the Web site, the president also made an upbeat assessment of the way Obamacare is unfolding.
“More than two million people have signed up or more” since enrollment began, he said.”What that means is … the demand is there, and the product is good.”
When asked if this year had been the worst of his presidency so far, he laughed and said, “That’s not how I think about it.”
Obama also appeared to criticized Congressional Democrats, led by Sens. Chuck Schumer (NY) and Robert Menendez (NJ), who are pressing for new sanctions against Iran in the showdown over Tehran’s nuclear program.
“I’m not surprised that there’s been some talk from some members of Congress about new sanctions. I think the politics of trying to look tough on Iran are often good when you’re running for office or if you’re in office,” he said.
“But there’s no reason to do it now,” he said of sanctions.