Obamacare and political brinkmanship, climate-change theory on ice, a new Boy Scouts alternative
Today’s news and a report on the House Republicans’ plan to try to defund Obamacare through a stopgap spending bill and the debt-ceiling negotiations, plus: commentary from Cal Thomas on a new problem for climate-change alarmists, a report on on Trail Life USA, an organization launched this month to fill the void left by a changed Boy Scouts of America, a look at the tragic death of a president 132 years ago today, and more
Obamacare: House Republicans vowed Wednesday to pass legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown and avoid a national default while simultaneously canceling out President = Obama's health care law, inaugurating a new round of political brinkmanship as critical deadlines approach.
Benghazi probe: A State Department official defended the administration’s disciplining of four employees held responsible for mistakes in the run-up to last year's Benghazi attack. Patrick Kennedy, the department's undersecretary for management, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that relieving the four of their responsibilities and assigning them lower-profile jobs amounts to "serious accountability." House Republicans rejected that assessment. Rep. Ed Royce, the committee chairman, said no one "missed a paycheck." Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said the department only shuffled "the deck chairs."
Colorado flooding: Airlifts gave way to door-to-door searches Wednesday for victims injured and killed in the flood-scarred Colorado foothills, as authorities began ramping down emergency operations and beginning the "long and arduous" recovery phase.
Business: Walgreen Co. is joining a growing push from big businesses to shift more responsibility for finding insurance onto their employees as health care costs continue to climb. The nation's largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will send workers to Obamacare-related insurance exchanges.
Markets: Markets soared Wednesday in response to a decision of the Federal Reserve to maintain the pace of its bond buying, keeping borrowing rates as low as possible. That's seen as a recipe for higher bond and stock prices.
Obamacare: Tea Party prods GOP leadership to fight
TW&E reporter Jim Henry on House Speaker John Boehner’s announcement that he will allow a vote on a stopgap government funding bill that will defund President Obama’s signature health-care law.
Commentary: Climate change ice-capped
Commentator Cal Thomas notes climate-change activists have a new problem to explain: the record return of Arctic ice cap, which grew by 60 percent in a year, and now covers with ice almost one million more square miles of ocean than in 2012.
WORLD News Group’s Warren Cole Smith reports on Trail Life USA, an organization launched this month to fill the void left by a changed Boy Scouts of America.
The tragic death of President James Garfield
After being wounded by a would-be assassin on July 2, 1881, Mr. Garfield received improper medical care, leading to his death 80 days later on Sept. 19. The 20th president of the United States died at age 49, after only 200 days in office. Candice Millard is the author of Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President.