By The Numbers …


Obamacare Numbers to Know

Yesterday was a big day for millions of Americans. The health coverage they received under the Affordable Care Act went into effect. For many of these millions, it may be the first time they’ve ever had the security of quality, affordable health coverage.

Here are some key numbers to know as we enter this new, exciting phase of Obamacare:

2,000,000….the record number of Americans who visited on December 23.

6,000,000+….the total number of Americans who have obtained health coverage through the state and federal health care marketplaces or Medicaid since October 1.

2,100,000+….the number of Americans who have obtained private health insurance through the state and federal health care marketplaces.

3,900,000….the number of Americans who were found to be eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program just during the months of October and November alone.

4,800,000….the number of low-income Americans who will not receive health coverage simply because Republican governors and legislatures in half the states are refusing to expand Medicaid.

10,000….the actual number of Americans nationwide who “would be unable to renew their cancelled policies, unable to receive subsidized coverage through the marketplace or Medicaid, and unable to enroll in catastrophic coverage,” which is a far cry from Republican claims that 5 million people would lose coverage because their substandard plans were cancelled by insurance companies.

BOTTOM LINE: Obamacare is working and millions of Americans have health coverage right now thanks to the Affordable Care Act — and millions more will get covered before open enrollment ends in March. Every Republican attempt to dismantle, disrupt, and destroy the law is now an attempt to take away coverage from these Americans and the tens of millions of others who have benefited from the law, including women, seniors, young people, and those with pre-existing conditions.


Stop the massacres

                                Dear friends in the Avaaz Community,

Up to 15,000 dolphins are being killed every year in Peru’s waters — for bait to catch endangered sharks. A new report has forced the government to respond but they’re not taking enough action yet and meanwhile the dolphins and the sharks are being killed. We can stop the massacre by threatening Peru’s international reputation as a tourism destination. Sign now and share: 

I just saw a report on the news in Peru showing how fishermen are slaughtering up to 15,000 dolphins every year — for bait to catch endangered sharks. The entire story made me sick — and now I’m fighting to end this nightmare. Will you join me?
My government is starting to react, but they’re not taking enough action yet. Dolphin hunting is already illegal and punishable with several years in prison, but authorities are turning a blind eye — allowing thousands of dolphins and sharks to be butchered. The government cares a lot about Peru’s international reputation, especially for tourism, and if we can make them feel embarrassed with a massive global campaign, I’m sure they’ll start taking action to end the massacre.
Once I deliver a million signatures from all over the world to the government of Peru, Avaaz will place ads in tourism magazines in countries where most of our tourists come from and the government won’t be able to ignore us! Help me stop the brutal slaughter by signing now:
When I saw this horrific hunt I realised I needed to do something about it before our dolphins and sharks are gone forever. So I decided to set up a petition and shared it with my friends and in less than 24 hours over 10,000 people had signed it!
Our oceans are under attack. Sharks and dolphins already face threats from pollution, climate change and entanglement in fishing gear. They play an important role as ocean predators and need to be protected — not butchered. Many marine ecosystems are on the verge of collapse from which they won’t recover and they will not wait while our politicians dither around making empty statements.
Tourism is Peru’s third largest industry, growing faster than any other South American country. Visitors are coming to see our pristine wilderness and eco-tourism is very important. We can create a serious threat by taking out hard-hitting ads in key countries where most visitors are coming from. Our government will realise people not only love our country because of the Machu Picchu and local gastronomy but also because they love our oceans and wildlife. Sign now and share this with everyone:
As an Avaaz member I’ve been truly amazed at our ability to help protect our oceans. At first, I wanted to get 15,000 signatures to represent the 15,000 dolphins that are killed every year but together we can represent all the dolphins and the sharks that can be saved in Peru’s waters!
With hope and excitement,
Zoe — together with the Avaaz Community Petitions Team
This petition was started on the Avaaz Community Petitions Site. It’s quick and easy to start a petition on any issue you care about, click here:
Dolphins killed for shark bait in Peru (CNN)
Dolphin Slaughter Fueled by Illegal Shark Trade (National Geographic)
Revealed: brutal reality of world’s ‘biggest dolphin hunt’ (The Ecologist)

America Can’t Afford The Lies In 2014

Media Matters for America

We’re celebrating the New Year by looking at the facts. From what happened in Benghazi to climate change to unemployment insurance to inequality in America, it’s time the facts had their day. America just can’t afford a media that takes lies seriously.

John Whitehouse Twitter: @existentialfish

Myths, Busted

David KirkpatrickConservatives and certain media outlets have spent over a year pushing myths about the 2012 attack on American facilities in Benghazi. A new NY Times report busts those myths: but is anyone on the right even listening? Related: Jill Abramson, executive editor of the Times, told us that Fox’s attack on a reporter who was on the scene of the Benghazi attack for the NY Times was “ridiculous”:

The Phone Hacking Trial

Rebekah BrooksThe phone hacking trial of several News Corp employees in Britain might not be getting constant media attention in the United States, but there have been several significant revelations. Oliver Willis lists 14 things we have learned since the trial began:

Unemployment Insurance Works

UnemploymentEconomists are clear: unemployment insurance works. Evidence shows that it empowers the long-term unemployed to keep looking for work. At a time when long-term unemployment is at a record high and many benefits that people use to survive have just been cut off, right-wing caricatures about the long-term unemployed have serious real world consequences.


Bill NyeWhen conservative climate lies are put up against actual science, science always wins. We put Bill Nye against a Fox host in the latest ‘Science v. Bull$#!%’


Women's Choice Fox News had two men attack the legality of the contraception mandate, and yes, they got it all wrong:


Rush LimbaughAnother year, more inane conservative commentary about climate change. Here are the dumbest 13 things said about it in 2013:


Paul Krugman
Paul Krugman Calls Out The Right For Covering Up Basic Facts About Inequality


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Where Americans are moving to and from, in one gorgeous chart by David Jarman

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 1/3 ~~ the House


The Senate will meet for a pro forma session only with no business conducted at 11:45am on Friday, January 3, 2014.

 Additionally, only if the Senate does not receive a message that the House has adopted S.Con.Res.30, the adjournment resolution, the Senate will meet on the following dates and times:

–          Tuesday, December 24th at noon

–          Friday, December 27th at noon and

–          Tuesday, December 31st at noon

Schedule for Monday, January 6, 2014

The Senate will convene at 2:00pm on Monday, January 6, 2014. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1845, the Unemployment Insurance Extension Act with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

 At 3:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #452, the nomination of Janet Yellen, of California, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System with the time until 5:30pm equally divided and controlled in the usual form prior to a vote on confirmation of the Yellen nomination.

At 5:30pm, there will be 2 roll call votes:

–          Confirmation of the Yellen nomination and

–          Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1845, the Unemployment Extension Act.


Last Floor Action:12/26
12:10:09 P.M. – The Speaker announced
that the House do now adjourn pursuant to S. Con. Res. 30.

The next meeting is
scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on January 3, 2014.