GOP Senator Shows Up At Wrong Hearing

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This Is How Awkward It Is When A Senator Shows Up To The Wrong Hearing
Chris Gentilviso
The Huffington Post
04/03/14 04:35 PM ET

There’s a first time for everything.

Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) suffered one of those unfortunate moments on Wednesday when he showed up to the wrong Senate hearing.

The Washington Post pointed to video of the incident, which shows Coats delivering a long opening on a letter he sent about the Indiana National Guard. Then, a staffer slipped him a piece of paper, breaking the news.

“I just got a note saying I’m at the wrong hearing,” Coats said.

Coats, who served in the Senate from 1989 to 1999 before returning in 2011, later admitted that he had never done such a thing before. While he does serve on the overall Senate Appropriations Committee, Coats was talking at the wrong subcommittee hearing.

“Well, this is the first time this has ever happened to me, but I hope it’s not a precursor of what (inaudible),” he said.

“You’re always welcome in our committee,” said. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), who serves as chairman of the Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

Both men and scattered members of the audience chuckled, before Coats joked: “Well, thank you. I saw some familiar faces and I thought this is where I should be.”

Watch the exchange above, via the Senate Appropriations Committee website.

(h/t The Washington Post)

UPDATE (5:15 p.m. ET): Coats took to Twitter Thursday, quipping that “the Russians” may have had something to do with the mixup.

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State Dept. says Iran’s pick for UN ambassador ‘troubling’ amid outrage over hostage crisis link

They seem to be run by the same mentality that North Korea is, complete schizophrenia. AVB

The State Department is raising “serious concerns” over Iran’s new nominee for ambassador to the U.N., who was involved with the group that took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran for 444 days and held American diplomats hostage in 1979.

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Supreme Court strikes down overall campaign contribution cap

I’m not sure how I feel about this decision. Does it even the playing field or does it make rich people more powerful. AVB

The court says Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to as many federal candidates, parties and PACs as they choose
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Official: Deal emerging on Mideast talks extension

I hope for the sake of my family living in Israel that there will be a just and lasting peace in the region. AVB

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is closer to a deal that would rescue the faltering Mideast peace talks, pushing a formula that would include the release of convicted U.S. spy Jonathan Pollard and freedom for hundreds of Palestinians held by Israel, an official close to the negotiations said Tuesday.

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Obamacare Enrollment Surging With Last-Minute Sign-Ups

This is going to make it very difficult for the opponents to repeal this. AVB


On the last day to sign up for Obamacare, evidence appears to be mounting that what started as a disaster may turn out a success.

Monday is the deadline to enroll in health insurance for 2014 via the health insurance exchanges created by President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and it’s clear that many waited until the last minute. The looming deadline and fear of the penalty for not getting covered has driven millions of people to the exchange websites, enrollment events and health insurance companies over the past few days.

The final rush could push the total number of private insurance enrollments well past the 6 million figure touted by the Obama administration last week. Obamacare sign-ups may wind up closer to the 7 million originally predicted for the first year.

“It’s kind of the lead-up to Christmas right now, and all the last-minute shoppers are out,” said Brian Lobley, senior vice president for marketing and consumer business at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia.

The company, which serves the city and its surrounding suburbs, signed up 28,000 customers in less than three weeks in March. It signed up 90,000 in the five months prior.

Edward Patton, 43, became one of those last-minute sign-ups Saturday afternoon. Patton, who works at a gas station, stumbled onto an enrollment event at a ShopRite grocery store near his home in Philadelphia.

“I just came to pick up a couple things,” said Patton, who has never had health coverage before. He also picked up a “silver” level health insurance plan, the second-lowest level of coverage available on the exchanges, for $77.49 a month, including tax credits, which was far less than he expected to pay, he said. “This is good, just in case, because I barely get sick,” he said.
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Another case of going against your interests

It’s amazing that people are so stubborn. This is the typical case of fighting your nose to spite your face. AVB


Uninsured Americans’ intentions to sign up for health insurance are highly related to their politics, with Democrats twice as likely as Republicans to say they will get insurance.

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White House’s New Methane Plan Targets Greenhouse Gas

The White House has no backing from the conservative controlled Congress on this matter of urgent importance. A lot of these people think the earth was created in 6 days. AVB


WASHINGTON — The White House released a new strategy Friday to address methane emissions from landfills, mines, agriculture, and the oil and gas sector.

Methane — a greenhouse gas 34 times more potent than carbon dioxide — currently accounts for 9 percent of all U.S. emissions. If unaddressed, those emissions are expected to rise through 2020, the White House said in a strategy document released Friday. The plan lays out steps that the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Interior, Energy and Agriculture will take over the next two years to develop new standards around such emissions.

The plan, said Dan Utech, the special assistant to the president for energy and climate change, “will improve public health and safety while providing more energy.”

“We know there are a lot of cost-effective reductions that are out there,” Utech said on a call with reporters Friday.

Under the plan:

In April 2014, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management will give notice that it is crafting new rules for capturing emissions from coal mines on federal land. The EPA already has a voluntary coal-bed methane program for mining on private lands, which will continue.

Some time in the spring of 2014, the EPA will release five technical white papers looking at methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. Those papers will be available for public and industry comments through the summer. In the fall, the EPA will determine whether to proceed with new rules governing that sector. The administration said it expects that any new rules, if necessary, would be finalized by the end of 2016.

In the summer of 2014, the EPA will propose new standards for cutting methane emissions from new landfills, and solicit public comments on whether to update standards for existing landfills.

In June, the departments of Agriculture and Energy will release a voluntary “biogas roadmap” that will include voluntary measures for methane reductions in the dairy industry, one of the biggest methane sources in the U.S. That will set a goal of cutting emissions in that sector by 25 percent by 2020.

The Bureau of Land Management is also going to propose updated standards for cutting emissions from venting and flaring in oil and gas operations on public lands in 2014, but the plan does not give an exact timeframe for those rules.

Environmental groups had praise for the plan, but also indicated that its efficacy won’t be apparent until more specific rules are released.

“This strategy has the potential to deliver the federal regulatory oversight that is needed to complement state efforts and make sure that all of the oil and gas industry meets basic, commonsense standards to deploy readily available technologies,” said Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, in a statement. “The most important work of turning this strategy into action lies ahead, but we are confident that the case for action is strong and will prove out in the end.”

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NCAA players can form union

This does not seem to make a lot of sense, they are college students and are supposed to be non professional. I guess its following suit of what happened in the Olympics. AVB

The National Labor Relations Board in Chicago has ruled that football players at Northwestern University are employees and can unionize, the school said. Wednesday.
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Three Secret Service agents sent home from Holland

. Not again! AVB


Three Secret Service agents on President Obama’s detail were sent home from Holland after reportedly spending a night out drinking in Amsterdam ahead of the president’s arrival Monday.

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Hillary Clinton appeals to younger voters

She is not talking like someone who’s not going to be a candidate. AVB.
Hillary Clinton Urges College Students to Participate


The post Hillary Clinton Urges College Students to Participate by Associated Press appeared first on The Epoch Times.
TEMPE, Ariz.—Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is encouraging college students to ensure that the so-called millennial generation is what she terms the “participation generation.”
Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, are helping open an annual meeting of college students who seek to tackle challenges around the world.
Joining them Friday night at Arizona State University is the state’s senior Republican senator, John McCain. Bill Clinton jokes that McCain is a good friend but, as Clinton puts it, “we permit him to deny it at election time.”
McCain was the GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee. Hillary Clinton is considering a presidential campaign for 2016.
The weekend Clinton Global Initiative University is drawing more than 1,000 students from about 300 colleges and universities to the ASU campus in Tempe.
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