Low Popahirum, National Edition (5-5-14)

low popahirum nationalHealth care spending rose at the fastest pace since 1980 during the first three months of the year, as the new health insurance law prompted many more Americans to visit doctors and hospitals.” – USA Today

“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said House Republicans on Cinco de Mayo should be as courageous as the Mexican militia that defeated the French army in the Battle of Puebla to pass amnesty legislation.” – Breitbart

“This admission was a long time coming, in part because mainstream media reporters refrained from asking. In fact, it was not until May 19, 2013, eight months after the attack, that a newsman asked a White House spokesman what Obama did that night. The newsman was Chris Wallace of Fox News. ‘The ambassador goes missing, ends up the first ambassador in more than thirty years is killed. Four Americans, including the ambassador, are killed. Dozens of Americans are in jeopardy,’ asked Wallace of Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to the president. ‘Where was he? What did he do? How did he respond?’ The crafty Pfeiffer would not even acknowledge whether Obama was in the situation room.” – American Thinker

“Last night you all got to watch and chat in the open thread during the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. In addition to the usual list of suspects, the Comedian in Chief had his annual opportunity to show off his stand-up chops and practice delivering other people’s one liners. This is an area where I’ve tended to cut Barack Obama some slack in the past. His delivery is actually pretty good with the timing of a practiced comic, regardless of who writes the jokes. But we also expect a bit of humility and compassion from the leader of the free world, and that’s what seemed to be lacking this time.” – Hot Air

President Barack Obama is very smart (as he could tell you). He is also very funny (and the first to laugh at his own jokes). He is a master of comic timing, has an appealing sense of the absurdities of his chosen profession and an unerring ear for the withering one-liner. As long as the subject is someone else.” – POLITICO

“But this past week came five signs that Britain is going to capitulate entirely to Sharia – or else descend into chaos and civil conflict — even sooner than most observers think.” – PJ Media

“After years of putting other policy priorities first — and dismaying many liberal allies in the process — Obama is now getting into the weeds on climate change and considers it one of the key components of his legacy, according to aides and advisers.” – Washington Post

“Republicans are beating Democrats in a generic ballot for the 2014 midterm elections — a reversal from just two months ago, a new poll says. According to a Pew Research poll released Monday, 47 percent said they would vote for the GOP candidate in their district while 43 percent said they would vote for the Democrat.” – POLITICO

“The deaths of more than 40 pro-Russian activists in a burning building during clashes in the Black Sea port on Friday have injected new venom into the fight for Ukraine.” – Reuters

“Democrats like to say that their rich donors give to Democrats for the good of the country, and contrary to their personal economic interests. This is hogwash, and here’s another example: The third biggest donor to Democrats this election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, is Grover Connell and his wife. They own Connell Company. Connell Company also happens to be the No. 2 recipient of insurance issued by the Export-Import Bank of the United States, according to this study by Veronique de Rugy of the Mercatus Center.” – Washington Examiner

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