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74% of Obamacare Enrollees Already Had Insurance

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A devastating new McKinsey & Co. report finds that Obamacare’s purported purpose – providing coverage for the previously uninsured – has failed.

The report concludes that 74% of Obamacare enrollees at the end of the first open enrollment period already had insurance; just 26% reported being previously uninsured. Of those who were previously uninsured, the figure drops to only 22% when considered alongside whether the individual has activated his plan by paying his first month’s premium.

According to the Associated Press, at least 4.7 million Americans had their health insurance plans canceled due to Obamacare. Many of those individuals simply went through the Obamacare exchanges to buy policies to replace the ones President Barack Obama’s healthcare program outlawed.

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Santorum Voices Support For Minimum Wage Hike

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Appearing Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum reiterated his support for hiking the federal minimum wage. He explained that Republican opposition to mandating a wage increase alienated the GOP from working-class Americans. His is the latest national Republican voice calling on the party to support a mandated wage hike.

In recent weeks, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney have both voiced support for an increase in the federal minimum wage. “I think we ought to raise it, because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay,” Romney said in an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “[A]nd I think communicating that is important to us.”

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$474M For 4 Failed Obamacare Exchanges

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Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles — and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher.

Each of the states — Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland — embraced Obamacare, and each underperformed. All have come under scathing criticism and now face months of uncertainty as they rush to rebuild their systems or transition to the federal exchange.

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Movie Critics Attack Faith-Based Movie As ‘Dangerous’

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The new comedy Mom’s Night Out features a stay-at-home mother who finally gets the chance to cut loose with her girlfriends. Chaos ensues, and so do a few faith-friendly messages for the masses.

RogerEbert.com says the PG-rated movie may be dangerous to the culture at large in its official review.

Depressingly regressive and borderline dangerous, “Moms’ Night Out” peddles archaic notions of gender roles in the name of wacky laughs. But it also wants to be “About Something.” It wants to inspire as well as entertain. It’s “The Hangover” aimed at Christian audiences, and if that sounds like an impossible prospect, well, that’s because it is.

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Gosnell Filmmaker Meets $2.1M Crowd-Funding Goal

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Phelim McAleer conceded that he did not expect his crowdfunding effort for a “classic American TV crime drama” about heinous abortionist Kermit Gosnell to reach its $2.1 million goal.

As of Saturday, though, the movie has raised over $2.1 million dollars from over 24,000 contributors, proving not only the power of new media but the demand for movies and projects that the mainstream media would prefer not to tell or showcase.

Now that he has met his benchmark, McAleer is hoping to get 30,000 backers before the campaign ends in three days. He has vowed not to let his supporters down in telling a story that is full of heroes, mystery, and plenty of villains and corrupt politicians.

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Biden Takes Shot At Clintons in South Carolina

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CNN reports that Vice President Joe Biden, apparently unwilling to concede the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton, told South Carolina Democrats that the latter years of the Bill Clinton administration were responsible for the beginning of the decline in middle-class financial security.

Attendees at the VIP Capital City Club in Columbia, S.C. asserted that Biden’s speech was largely “populist’ and intense. One listener called the speech an “Elizabeth Warren-type speech” because it targeted income inequality.

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Militia Mobilize for Next Battle With BLM

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Militiamen and woman camping on Cliven Bundy’s cattle ranch are packing up and heading to Utah where another protest against the Bureau of Land Management will happen Saturday.

Ryan Payne, a Montana resident who had been staying at the ranch for a month, said he drove eight hours to arrive in the eastern Utah town this morning. Three militia members from the ranch and a handful of people from a group called Citizens Action Network came to Utah, too, he said.

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Columnist: Black Republicans Are A ‘Lower’ Group

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Bloomberg writer Francis Wilkinson recently wrote a piece claiming that Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina–an African American–only became a senator because Republicans “lowered the bar” for his appointment. He also claimed that Scott’s candidacy serves as a “shield” for racist Tea Party members to hide behind.

In an article that is more invective than analysis, Wilkinson essentially called Senator Scott a do-nothing senator. He said Scott acted like a “shield” for racist, Confederate flag-waving Tea Party members who need someone to replace Herman Cain as the favorite candidate behind whom they can hide their racism.

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Boehner Stacks Benghazi Committee With Powerhouses

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House Speaker John Boehner’s selection of seven Republicans on a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other diplomatic staff members in September 2012 reveals a mix of male and female lawmakers who bring a variety of experience and political power to the table.

The committee, which is being led by Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., includes Republican Reps. Susan Brooks, Indiana; Jim Jordan, Ohio; Mike Pompeo, Kansas; Martha Roby, Alabama; Peter Roskam, Illinois; and Lynn Westmoreland, Georgia, reports The Washington Post.

Boehner announced the committee earlier on Friday, including a message on Twitter inviting Americans to “meet your majority members.”

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Break: Rand Paul Denounces Voter ID Laws, Offensive to Blacks

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MEMPHIS — Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky broke Friday with fellow Republicans who have pushed for stricter voting laws as a way to crack down on fraud at the polls, saying that the focus on such measures alienates and insults African-Americans and hurts the party.

“Everybody’s gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing,” Mr. Paul said in an interview. “I think it’s wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it’s offending people.”

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