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Rise and Shine

President Obama talks with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer concerning the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others, on a cell phone in the hallway outside the Situation Room of the White House, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern):

9:45AM: President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

10:45AM:  Pres. Obama and VP Biden meet with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

12:30PM:  Pres. Obama and VP Biden meet for lunch (press pool to take pictures)

1:30PM: Press Briefing by Press Sec. Jay Carney

2:15PM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden meet with leaders of the intelligence community

3:45PM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden meet with Secretary of State Kerry

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Andy Chow: Ohio Hospitals Try To Keep Patients From Coming Back

Bruce Vanderhoff is chief medical officer for OhioHealth, a network of 17 hospitals in central Ohio. And “it is no exaggeration,” he says, “to say that we are working with them to transform the model of health care delivery.” That transformation was sparked by a provision of the Affordable Care Act, which penalizes hospitals with high readmission rates. With a possible cut to Medicare reimbursement on the line, medical facilities around the country are thinking of new ways to make sure patients don’t need to come back for additional treatment.

Like many other hospitals around the state, OhioHealth is placing an emphasis on patient education, making sure they know everything about their treatment and medication before they walk out the door. Vanderhoff says it’s also important to identify which patients are at a higher risk of readmission. Hospitals do this by providing health coaches who visit patients’ homes and help further their treatment. Follow-up phone calls, pharmacy consultations, and in-depth meetings with a patient’s family are also used in the process.

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SCTimes: MNSure Tallies 67,000 Enrollees In Wake Of Insurance Deadline

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange saw a sizable last-minute spike in enrollment ahead of a deadline for coverage. MNsure released its latest enrollment figures Friday. By the Dec. 31 deadline for coverage starting Jan. 1, the agency reported 67,805 Minnesotans had enrolled for insurance under the new federal health care law.

That means more than 14,600 people signed up for coverage in the last four days of December. Of the 67,805 who signed up, about 38 percent enrolled in private insurance plans. The rest signed up for the state’s two public insurance programs, MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance. MNsure stressed that the latest enrollment figures are preliminary.

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NPR: 3 Ways Obamacare Is Changing How A Hospital Cares For Patients

The Affordable Care Act is transforming more than health insurance. In hospitals around the country, the legislation could transform the way doctors and nurses actually care for patients. Part of the law is designed to rein in the nation’s exploding health care costs by creating hundreds of little experiments that test new ways for hospitals to save money. One example: At Summa Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio, doctors are preparing for a new way of doing business. Michael Firstenberg, a heart surgeon at the hospital, says there’s something a little funny about the way he gets paid. If a patient comes in for a bypass operation, Firstenberg earns a certain amount of money for the hospital. “However, if that patient that night has to go back for bleeding, then I get paid for that procedure as well,” he says.

“And everybody’s happy because look at all the revenue I’m generating, independent of the quality.” As a result, everything is more expensive. The key question for health care reformers trying to rein in costs is how to create a less expensive system that still provides good care. Starting on Jan. 1, the federal government, the hospital and some of the doctors there will try a new approach. Rather than paying for that bypass operation and then paying again for bleeding, Medicare will pay one lump sum upfront to cover the surgery and any complications that occur after surgery. One payment for one operation, plus follow-up; that’s it. If the patient doesn’t have problems within 30 days of being discharged from the hospital, the doctors could make even more money than they do today. But if there are lots of problems after surgery, they could lose money.

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Gabrielle Giffords: The Lessons Of Physical Therapy

TODAY, the anniversary of the shooting in Tucson that put a bullet through my head and killed six of my constituents, is when I make my annual resolutions. Many may look at me and see mostly what I have lost. I struggle to speak, my eyesight’s not great, my right arm and leg are paralyzed, and I left a job I loved representing southern Arizona in Congress. But three years ago, dispatched to an almost certain death by an assassin’s bullet, I was allowed the opportunity for a new life. I’ve spent the past three years learning how to talk again, how to walk again.

I asked myself, if simply completing a normal day requires so much work, how would I ever be able to fulfill a larger purpose? The killing of children at the school in Sandy Hook a little over a year ago gave me my answer. It shocked me, it motivated me, and frankly, it showed me a path. Predictably, Washington disappointed us during the first year of our work with the organization we began, Americans for Responsible Solutions. Many of you were outraged at the failure of the Senate to pass the background checks bill, and so was I. But I continue to be inspired by my fellow Americans. By any measure, they’re with us. They know gun violence is a complex problem. No one law will make it go away.

We’re not daunted. We know that the gun lobby, which makes money by preventing sensible change, relies on dramatic disappointments to wound us, reduce our power, push us back on our heels. Our fight is a lot more like my rehab. Every day, we must wake up resolved and determined. We’ll pay attention to the details; look for opportunities for progress, even when the pace is slow. Some progress may seem small, and we might wonder if the impact is enough, when the need is so urgent. But every day we will recruit a few more allies, talk to a few more elected officials, convince a few more voters. Some days the steps will come easily; we’ll feel the wind at our backs. Other times our knees will buckle. We’ll tire of the burden. I know this feeling. But we’ll persist.

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Max Fisher: Robert Gates Was Wrong On The Most Important Issue He Ever Faced

Back in 1985, when Mikhail Gorbachev took over as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the United States faced a really big dilemma. Gorbachev professed to be a reformer. Should the United States work with him to reduce nuclear weapons, ease the U.S.-Soviet proxy battles that were at that point directly responsible for a number of deadly conflicts around the world and, just maybe, try to end the Cold War? This wasn’t just a major, difficult question: It would turn out to be one of the most important U.S. foreign policy decisions in decades.

President Ronald Reagan eventually came around to the idea that, yes, he could and should work with Gorbachev. He was persuaded by, among others, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who famously said that Gorbachev was a man the West could do business with. But Reagan had to overcome the fierce opposition of a top CIA Kremlinologist and eventual CIA director named Robert M. Gates, who maintained for years that Gorbachev was no reformer, that he was not to be trusted and that Reagan would be walking into a Soviet ploy. Quite simply, Gates was wrong, overruled by Reagan, and the world was better off for it.

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Isaac Chotiner: Bob Woodward’s Incoherent Afghanistan Scoop Shows His Anti-Obama Bias

Robert Gates’s memoir is all set to be released and The Washington Post‘s Bob Woodward got himself a copy. Unfortunately, Woodward’s account of the book is as flawed and overly simplified as, er, Woodward’s own books about the Obama administration. According to Woodward, it is a serious charge against a president to say that he had doubts about the “course he had charted.” Since the same author wrote three increasingly critical books about a certain former president who never expressed the slightest doubts about disastrous policy choices, you would think Woodward might know better. Apparently not. It wouldn’t be the first time that Woodward showed a strong dislike for the president, and allowed his opinions to get ahead of the facts.

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Great comment by Nusholtz, a reader of Chotiner’s article:

“more than doubts about the course he had charted in Afghanistan” I also consider that a virtue.  I heard one of the members of the President Obama’s Bin Laden group explaining that during considerations of the raid on Bin Laden’s compound, after the President’s advisers became entrenched in their positions during discussions over whether a raid or a bombing was the correct choice, the President had all of the details wrapped up in a volume and a fresh set of advisers were brought in.  A decider who prides himself on his fact free instincts when making a difficult decision won’t have doubts about the course he charted.  I prefer a thoughtful one who has doubts.

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Michael Tomasky: States Edge Closer To Medicaid Expansion: Who’ll Go First?

When will some states that initially refused federal money to expand Medicaid for their poor citizens pull a flip-flop and accept it? Because it’s inevitable that some will—and as they do, the Republicans’ sabotage of Obamacare will be profoundly undermined, and people’s concomitant opposition to the law will start to vaporize. This thought is occasioned by the publication yesterday by Theda Skocpol, the esteemed Harvard sociologist and political scientist and head of the excellent Scholars’ Strategy Network, of an eye-popping chart about how health-care coverage is proceeding so far in various states.

In the full-go states, the average Medicaid enrollment (along with S-CHIP, which is for children) is 42.9 percent of those eligible, and the average attainment of coverage through exchanges is 37.2 percent. In the supporter states, those numbers are 15.7 and 5.8 percent, respectively. And in the “just say no” states, they’re feeble—just 1.5 and 5.6 percent. In other words, says the SSN website, “It is apparent that Affordable Care is doing best in the states that are really trying to carry it through.”

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Jeff Cox: Private Sector Job Creation Is ‘Off And Running': ADP

Private sector job creation continued at a healthy clip in December, with companies adding a better-than-expected 238,000 positions despite the inclement weather. ADP and Moody’s Analytics said the month was the best for 2013 and pointed towards a solid number when the government releases its nonfarm payrolls report Friday. “This is it. We’re off and running,” Moody’s economist Mark Zandi told CNBC. “We’ve jumped to a new level of growth.”

Among the highlights: Construction jobs grew by the largest monthly number since 2006, adding 48,000, while goods-producing industries contributed 69,000. Overall, professional and businesses services again led the way with 170,000 new jobs, down a shade from November’s 182,000. The big number could sway economists to change their view of the monthly unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is expected to show 196,000 additional positions, all but 1,000 from the private sector.

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On This Day:

President Obama takes part in a conference call in the Situation Room of the White House concerning the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson, Az., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. Pictured, left to right, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, incoming Chief of Staff Bill Daley, Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina, Director of Communications Dan Pfeiffer, and Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs Phil Schiliro. Also taking part in the call were Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and FBI Director Robert Mueller (Photo by Pete Souza)

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95 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. January 8, 2014 at 9:43 am

    UT, this is a stunner of an R&S, it’s like a 50 page newspaper, so much great stuff to read – thank yoooooooou so much legend!

    • 9 utaustinliberal
      January 8, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Awwwww…..*blushes*

      Thanks, Chiparoooo!

      • 10 99ts
        January 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

        Great news roundup UT
        The states coming into medicaid will gather speed. People pressure will force their hand. In the 1970s my Premier refused to accept the Fed money for the new single payer hospital system. That lasted about 6 months – we were the last state in. It’s a great article by Michael Tomasky

    • January 8, 2014 at 10:46 am

      It’s funny you should say that. I treat Rise & Shine like it is a newspaper. My morning newspaper.

  2. 12 utaustinliberal
    January 8, 2014 at 9:45 am
  3. 13 Ladyhawke
    January 8, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 41m

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    —-> RT @seungminkim: Free idea for Democrats: Propose paying for unemployment insurance by passing

    immigration reform.

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  4. 15 utaustinliberal
    January 8, 2014 at 10:07 am

    It’s HUMP DAAAAAAAAAY so laugh as Alex Trebek raps an entire Jeopardy! category.

  5. 16 vcprezofan2
    January 8, 2014 at 10:08 am

    GooOood MooOoorning, Utal! Just arriving to see what you have gathered together for the village’s eyes, and saying ‘thanks’ in advance because I know your gift will be informative. :grin:

  6. 18 vcprezofan2
    January 8, 2014 at 10:10 am

    /waving/ Nice position up there, Layla. You can see everyone who enters the village. :grin:

  7. 23 Linda
    January 8, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Northjersey.com : News

    Emails link top Christie aide to GWB lane-closing controversy

    “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Bridget Anne Kelly, one of three deputies on Christie’s senior staff, wrote to David Wildstein, a top Christie executive at the Port Authority, on Aug. 13, about three weeks before the closures. Wildstein, the official who ordered the closures and who resigned last month amid the escalating scandal, wrote back: “Got it.” –

    – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/christie_kelly_bridge_lane_closures_emails.html#sthash.4KicH4u9.dpuf

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    Seriously BUSTED !!!!!

  8. 28 Jovie
    January 8, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I remember many of the TOD peeps really like gates.
    And now, not so much…
    Hint: he was hired by Bush Jr… Nuff said ! He’s a Loser ! :)

    • 29 anniebella
      January 8, 2014 at 10:27 am

      I agree Jovie. What was the rush to write the book now? If it wasn’t to try and put down the President and his administration. He’s a Republican.

    • 30 vcprezofan2
      January 8, 2014 at 10:47 am

      I read the NYT link that reviewed the book and IMO it presented a reasonable set of criticisms given the fact of Gates’ background. There wasn’t anything the reviewer (Thom Shanker) mentioned Gates saying that seemed odd to me.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/08/world/asia/obama-lost-faith-in-his-afghan-strategy-memoir-asserts.html?ref=politics&_r=0

      • 31 AJ
        January 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

        vc, you make a very important point. Gates may have been disapointed with PBO’s lack of “enthusiasm” for war, but given his politics and background, what else could we expect?

        • 32 vcprezofan2
          January 8, 2014 at 11:32 am

          Exactly, AJ! I see nothing wrong in Gates showing that he was a man of particular military ideas who was not as open to all kinds of input as the President is, if that is who he really is. Gates is not leading the country, and while the president valued/listened to his opinion as he always does to those around him, in the end PBO made his decisions based on all available pieces of information, massaged by his own intellect.

          As for Gates’ praise of Hillary – I take that with a grain of salt because what he apparently said is she’s good BECAUSE she shared his military opinions. IMO, a very weak reason for anyone to try to push this bit of praise forward! Also, a very clear indicator to me that Gates was/is narrow minded and not a very clear-headed ‘leader’.

          “He {Gates] has high praise for Hillary Rodham Clinton, who served as secretary of state when he was at the Pentagon and was a frequent ally on national security issues.”

          As well, I see this as a negative blob on Hillary, who is clearly not as disassociated from the old warmongering ways/guard as she would like to portray herself to be when campaigning.

          • 33 anniebella
            January 8, 2014 at 11:43 am

            Well Hillary voted to go into Iraq.

          • 34 TrumpDog
            January 8, 2014 at 11:57 am

            Media is highlighting some negatives because they love juicy gossip. Some of the stuff they are repeating don’t seem that bad to me (i.e. wanting to get out of Afghanistan, not fully trusting military leaders and administration micromanaging them) . I’m told there was some positive things Gates said too, but media is only interested in pushing anything negative said about Obama because tha’s hoghout his presidency. Play up the bad, downplay the good.
            Same ol same ol

            • 35 vcprezofan2
              January 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm

              From the NYTimes link I cited above, the journo gives a much more balanced review of Gates’ book than Woodward – it would seem. (I didn’t bother to read Woodward’s stuff.)

            • 36 jackiegrumbacher
              January 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm

              Trump Dog, this is so obviously a bauble meant to distract us from the cruel and heartless action of Boehner and the House leadership in refusing to bring the UI extension to a vote. I saw (luckily did not hear) bobble heads on the tv in the gym talking about Gates and the first thing I thought of was Pope Francis’ comment about the media not caring about those who are dying from the cold or forced to starve because they have no income. You’re not supposed to look at the right hand of GOP inhumanity. You’re supposed to focus on the pretty rings on the left hand.

    • 37 amk for obama
      January 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

      As long as he was supportive of Obama, we were supportive. I don’t see anything wrong with that.

      • 38 Jovie
        January 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

        Maybe he was afraid to speak his mind? According to him?

        • 39 amk for obama
          January 8, 2014 at 11:33 am

          He obviously was … if what he says is true.

          And Obama is the most open guy for ideas. Unlike decider dumbya. So if he didn’t speak out, then it’s his problem.

    • January 8, 2014 at 11:30 am

      I still like Gates.

      The Woodward spin:
      “Leveling one of the more serious charges that a defense secretary could make against a commander in chief sending forces into combat, Gates asserts that Obama had more than doubts about the course he had charted in Afghanistan.”

      Gates:
      “As I sat there, I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his,” Mr. Gates writes. “For him, it’s all about getting out.”

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      Strikes me as an observation more than a criticism.

      Gates again:
      of Obama’s chief Afghanistan policies, “I believe Obama was right in each of these decisions.”

      http://www.newrepublic.com/art

      The process was messy but Gates praised the President as a rigorous thinker. Gates stayed longer than he wanted to because he liked the guy he was working with.

      • 41 vcprezofan2
        January 8, 2014 at 11:41 am

        ‘Strikes me as an observation more than a criticism.’

        Egg. sack. lee, Derbingle! It strikes me as a moment of revelation AND, is in fact loaded with, truth.

        IMO people like Woodward have put us obots so on the defensive that at times we forget to read between the lines of what is being said.

      • January 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm

        The media including Woodward is cherry picking excerpts to cast Obama in a bad light, only to many their bad light is a welcome change from the norm. Also any controversies drums up book sales.

  9. 43 anniebella
    January 8, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Hay I see Gayle King isn’t at work this week. You can bet Gayle is in Hawaii with the ladies at Oprah place enjoying themselves. I hear Valerie Jarret, and Eric Holder’s wife is also there.

  10. January 8, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Good Morning everyone! Have a great day today. My treat. :)

  11. 54 amk for obama
    January 8, 2014 at 10:55 am

    how is rodman’s stupid antics a fp news on beebs beats me.

  12. January 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

    howdy O’s! Another great getting up day ’round the TOD fire!

    I am digging out again and this time will venture out further than the driveway (fingers crossed). I just shoveled off the flat roof over the sun room to avoid a cave in from the weight of the heavy snow up there, and now onto the walk way for the umpteenth time in the past 3 days.
    This had better work, cause I’m getting cabin fever and it ain’t pretty.

    • 57 vcprezofan2
      January 8, 2014 at 11:35 am

      ‘I just shoveled off the flat roof over the sun room’
      :shock: You leave me speechless! How’d you do that safely?

      • 58 cookemom
        January 8, 2014 at 11:44 am

        instead of a shovel i used pots and pans. I use the area in the summer as a patio, so it wasn’t all that perilous, just c-c-c-old. The problem was that I had nowhere to dump the snow, so I resorted to sweeping it with a broom, once I cleared most of it away. I figured the broom would sweep little cute little pristine snowflakes evenly over the lower terrain. I didn’t factor in the wind, therefore ended up with the &*&$# pretty little snowflake particles blown back into my face! ugh!

        Oh well, now off I go to tackle the beautiful snow laden streets and boulevards, as I make my way across the frozen tundra that is my life in the big city.

  13. 60 JER
    January 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Good Morning everybody!

  14. 62 amk for obama
    January 8, 2014 at 11:31 am
  15. 63 Jovie
    January 8, 2014 at 11:32 am

    LOL… Soon, Steve Kornacki will disclose that he ordered the lane closures in New Jersey. :)

  16. 64 JER
    January 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

    LIVE NOW: The Nancy Pelosi Weekly News Conference – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  17. 65 amk for obama
    January 8, 2014 at 11:43 am

    This story seems to be gaining some leg. I was a bit skeptical about the story at first. Who could be petty minded? But punk christie proved me wrong. :)

    • January 8, 2014 at 11:59 am

      I hope this story gets lots of attention.

      • 67 LDS
        January 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm

        So do I.
        I hope everyone who was caught in that traffic will speak up and tell their story.
        Senator Barbara Buono’s comment is nothing but the truth in this article. These are thugs who orchestrated this.
        Krispy Kreme reminds me of that other bully Rudy Guliani. This may be this act thwarts his chances for ever coming close to the gate of the WH.
        New Jersey, this is your second chance. Please rid us all of this bully after his four years is over.

  18. 68 amk for obama
    January 8, 2014 at 11:44 am
  19. 70 amk for obama
    January 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

    “The Democratic effort to extend federal benefits for the long-term unemployed got a surprise boost Tuesday as skeptical Republicans in the Senate voted to allow the proposal to advance, with issues of poverty and economic opportunity emerging as a central battleground between the parties,” the Washington Post reports.

    “The reprieve came after President Obama’s outreach to some GOP senators produced the narrowest of victories for the White House.”

    • January 8, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Well, it is a small victory but you know trash will be added to this bill, i.e. Obamacare repeals, before it even comes to a vote. And if it does pass the Senate, does anyone venture a bet on what the House will do. Will they even bring it to a vote?

  20. January 8, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Morning Obots!

  21. 73 amk for obama
    January 8, 2014 at 11:57 am

    man u managers whining about the referees, is it a bug or a feature?

  22. January 8, 2014 at 12:10 pm
  23. 88 amk for obama
    January 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm
  24. 90 amk for obama
    January 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm
  25. January 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    In a little local news, our sheriff, Lee Baca, is stepping down and not seeking re-election. He denies that possible federal charges had anything to do with his decision.

  26. 92 Bill R.
    January 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm
  27. 93 yardarm756
    January 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband was not in their bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him.

    She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee in front of him. He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall.

    She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee.

    “What’s the matter, dear?” she whispers as she steps into the room, “Why are you down here at this time of night?”

    The husband looks up from his coffee, “I am just remembering when we first met 20 years ago and started dating. You were only 16. Do you remember back then?” he says solemnly.
    The wife is touched to tears thinking that her husband is so caring, so sensitive. “Yes, I do” she replies.

    The husband pauses. The words were not coming easily. “Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?”

    “Yes, I remember,” said the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him.
    The husband continues. “Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said, “Either you marry my daughter, or I will send you to jail for 20 years?”

    “I remember that too” she replies softly.
    He wipes another tear from his cheek and says…

    “I would have gotten out today. :lol:

  28. 94 Gazelle
    January 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    [Alrighty then! Their "balloons" fell on a happy hedgehog!]:

    The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday a fresh round in an expected torrent of campaign ads targeting Sen. Mark Begich and other Democrats for their part in the “lie of the year,” an assurance that people could keep existing health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.The ad blast turned out to be more of a sprinkle.In Anchorage, a single radio ad aimed at Begich was set to air on a single station — 650 KENI — one time on Tuesday, according to a check of the political ad buys at the two major radio conglomerates in Anchorage.

    The total cost to the Republican National Committee for the Anchorage radio airtime? $30.

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    More here: http://www.adn.com/2014/01/07/3262090/new-republican-ads-target-begich.html


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