Obama Promises To Veto Legislation That Would Restore The 40 Hour Workweek

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Republicans have made it a high priority to re-define “full-time” work under Obamacare for the new Congress, making it 40 hours per week instead of the 30 hours it is currently.

President Obama has now promised to veto legislation that would restore the 40 hour workweek. He did so through press secretary Josh Earnest earlier this week.

The economy has seen a significant transition from full-time work to part-time work as a result of the definition of full-time work as just 30 hours.

It’s not just Republicans who are complaining about the re-definition of the full-time workweek under Obamacare. Obama’s labor union allies are raising an outcry about it as well.

Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, UFCW President Joseph Hansen, and UNITE-HERE President D. Taylor sent a letter to Obama in 2013 demanding that the problems under Obamacare such as the 30 hour work week be solved:

Since the ACA was enacted, we have been bringing our deep concerns to the Administration, seeking reasonable regulatory interpretations to the statute that would help prevent the destruction of non-profit health plans. As you both know first-hand, our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with a stone wall by the White House and the pertinent agencies. This is especially stinging because other stakeholders have repeatedly received successful interpretations for their respective grievances. Most disconcerting of course is last week’s huge accommodation for the employer community—extending the statutorily mandated “December 31, 2013” deadline for the employer mandate and penalties.

Time is running out: Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios.

What do you think? If Obama won’t listen to Congress, will he at least listen to his labor union allies on the definition of the full-time workweek? So far, his answer has been no.

h/t: Townhall

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Obama Believes Iran Could Be A “Very Successful Regional Power”

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NPR recently posed questions to President Obama about Iran, specifically about opening a U.S. embassy in the country’s capital of Tehran.

Obama replied “never say never” to the question and said, “I think these things have to go in steps.”

He contrasted Cuba, which he called a tiny country that posed no threat, with Iran, which he called a large and sophisticated country.

Iran, he said, has a “track record of state-sponsored terrorism,” a history of attempting to build a nuclear weapon, and its anti-American attitude. He also said that its rhetoric has been incendiary when it comes to Israel.

Despite all of this, Obama believes that Iran could become a “very successful regional power.”

“That would be good for the United States, that would be good for the region, and most of all, it would be good for the Iranian people.”

Obama believes that the basis of improving relations over time with Iran is the country giving up on the development of nuclear weapons:

“If Iran recognizes that it is in its own interests, having already said that they’re actually not interested in developing a nuclear weapon, to go ahead and prove that to the world, so that over time as it’s verified, sanctions are removed, their economy begins to grow, they’re reintegrated into the international community — if we can take that big first step, then my hope would be that that would serve as the basis for us trying to improve relations over time.”

What do you think? Is reconciliation with Iran as Obama envisions possible, or is it an illusion?

 

h/t The Right Scoop

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Top Conservative Signs And Bumper Stickers Of 2014

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The top conservative signs and bumper stickers of 2014 are enough to please any conservative and anger any Democrat…

1) Our first sign was placed on the premises of Shiloh Brew and Chew by owner Sharma Floyd. The eatery is located in Maryville, Tennessee. She put out a big welcome sign to anyone who wants to pack heat in her restaurant…

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WBIR

2) This school in Argyle, Texas, put up a sign that rubbed liberals the wrong way…

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3) This sign at a military surplus store didn’t shy away from political incorrectness but embraced it…

4) This conservative plastered what he called the Influences of Heaven and Designs of Satan on his back windshield…

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5) This conservative bumper sticker for dads is sure to irritate Democrats everywhere…

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6) Sadie Robertson of Duck Dynasty shared the love in the LOVE Is Project by sporting a LOVE bracelet…

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7) This conservative bumper sticker may irritate some birthers, but it makes a point all conservatives can agree upon…

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Conservative Tribune

 

Which one was your favorite? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

New York Times Finds Lawyers In League With States To Sue Companies

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The New York Times has found that lawyers have been in league with state attorney generals, primarily Democrats, to enrich their law firms and the state at the expense of the companies they target.

According to the Times, there exists a “furious competition between trial lawyers and corporate lobbyists to influence”  state attorney generals.

How does it work? Private lawyers first look for cases in which companies can be sued, then pass on the cases they discover to the state. The law firm agrees to do most of the work. In turn, the prestige of their case against a company is raised when the state signs on to the case. The firm takes a portion of the money from winning the case, typically 20 percent, and the state takes the rest.

The state attorney generals have benefited from tens of thousands of dollars in donations, according to the Times. Often the donations come in right before or after the firm signs a contract to represent the state.

Scott Harshbarger, a former Massachusetts attorney general, told the Times:

“This has gotten out of hand. And it seriously threatens the perception of integrity and professionalism of the office, as it raises the question of whether attorneys are taking up these cases because they are important public matters, or they are being driven more by potential for private financial gain.”

Some state attorney generals defend the practice, saying that working with outside attorneys is the only way for them to deal with the hordes of corporate lawyers that defend the companies.

One victory for companies came in Louisiana, where Governor Bobbi Jindal signed legislation against the state working with outside law firms against pharmaceutical companies. $294 million in settlements had been collected from pharmaceutical companies in Louisiana by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell since 2011 with the help of outside law firms.

 

h/t Newsmax

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US Finds North Korea “Certainly Involved” In Cyberattack On Sony

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American officials have concluded that North Korea was “certainly involved” in the cyberattack on Sony over “The Interview,” a comedic movie that included the assassination of Kim Jong-un.

Officials said that the White House was debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of a cyberattack or not.

Sony decided to cancel the movie’s release after additional threats from the hackers were made–even the theaters themselves might have been hacked if the movie was released.

Some officials within the administration argue that it is time to call out and confront North Korea, while others say that such an action is precisely what North Korea wants.

Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said that the US government is “considering a range of options in weighing a potential response.”

Hours before the Sony announcement to cancel the movie, four prominent US theater chains- Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, and Carmike Cinemas- said that they would not be showing the movie.

A warning this week to Sony’s computers said that if “The Interview” was released, the “world would be full of fear.”

The warning said: “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.”

Intelligence officials have concluded that the attack was both state-sponsored and more devastating than any cyberattack on American soil.

One intelligence official commented that “this was of a sophistication that a year ago we would have said was beyond the North’s capabilities.”

What do you think the US government’s response to the cyberattack should be?

 

h/t: NY Times

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