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    On Thursday, President Obama apologized to the multitude of Americans that are losing their health care plans as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

    "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he said in an exclusive interview at the White House. "We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this."

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    It's over -- it's finally over -- at least for a few months! The government shutdown, which lasted a whopping 16 days, has been lifted after the Senate voted 81 to 18 late last night to approve a proposal that they somehow found the ability to put their hard heads together and concoct. The House followed with a sad 285 to 144 vote in favor of the proposal and it was finally signed by President Obama at 12:30 a.m.

    So it goes without saying, it was a long night for our elected leaders, but hey, it was an even longer night for all of those furloughed workers who finally got news that they can return to work today -- and that at the very least they'll be receiving back pay for the days of work they missed. But the longest night of all, perhaps, could be claimed by one vocal White House stenographer who made her feelings known as the bill was being passed. 

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    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul were caught on an open mic this week discussing strategy for ending the government shutdown. The Kentucky Republicans talked about their messaging verses the Democrats, and how they think they’ll “win” this.

    Paul tells McConnell in between media interviews, “I just did CNN and I just go over and over again ‘we’re willing to compromise. We’re willing to negotiate … I don’t think they (Democrats) poll tested ‘we won’t negotiate.’ I think it’s awful for them to say that over and over again.”

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    Will we face a government shutdown on Tuesday? This afternoon House Republicans said they would present a budget bill that would prevent the looming government shutdown. As part of the package, the bill would delay implementing Obamacare by a year and eliminate a tax on medical equipment (part of the Affordable Care Act). It also includes a provision that ensures military service members still get paid no matter what.

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    As presidential scandals go, the recent IRS scandal is so, so ... Something you think you should care about but don't because it's about taxes. Isn't there a German word for that? Snoresenfreude? Anyway, it's ALL. SO. SCINTILLATING and it just keeps getting better. Here's the latest shocker: President Obama's lawyer learned about the IRS case weeks ago but didn't tell Obama about it because ____. (Fill in the blank. It's like Mad Libs!)

    Well, we could speculate all day. Or we could watch SNL's Amy Poehler and Seth Meyer explain the IRS scandal on their segment, "Really?!? With Seth and Amy." Because Obama apparently gets his briefings from television. And I get my news from comedy shows. But I'll do a little fact checking on Amy and Seth just for fun.

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    What’s that mantra about repeating something often enough until it becomes a truth? Maybe that’s what top Democrats are trying to do in regard to the massive spending problem we have in our country right now. Pay no attention to the trillion-dollar deficit over the budget line!

    President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Steny Hoyer have all said recently that we don’t have a spending problem. This week, Senator Tom Harkin publicly promoted the delusion, saying, “I want to disagree with those who say we have a spending problem.”

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    Kat Cammack is the 24-year-old girl wonder in House freshman Ted Yoho’s congressional office. The former pageant girl and head cheerleader is the unlikely congressman’s chief of staff, and she’s hoping to shake things up on the Hill.

    Ted Yoho isn’t exactly what you’d expect to find roaming the halls of the Capitol, so it makes sense that his chief of staff isn’t either. He doesn’t come from the typical background of a lifelong career in politics or law -- he comes from the farm. Literally. Prior to challenging 12-term Republican Congressman Cliff Stearns in the primary last August, Yoho spent 30 years as a large animal veterinarian.

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    Anyone driving by Danny Hafley’s home in Casey County, Kentucky recently has probably done a double take over his choice of lawn ornaments. Rather than a plastic flamingo or ceramic gnome, Mr. Hafley has erected a life-sized mannequin in President Obama’s likeness. The figure is wearing a suit over jeans, and an Obama mask that was purchased after Halloween.

    The statue is holding a giant slice of watermelon, but Hafley assured a local television station that it wasn’t about racial stereotyping, but because he “might get hungry standing out there.” He also claimed, “The way I look at it, it’s freedom of speech.”

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    If there is a silver lining to the Todd Akin story in Missouri it is that the Republicans were able to turn a negative into a postive by saying very clearly, "This is not who we are."

    Akin, who is running for U.S. Senate in a tightly contested race against a female candidate, famously said that he was only in favor of abortion in the case of a "legitimate rape." He also made the statement that it was his understanding that not many rapes result in pregnancy because of a woman's ability to inhibit procreation in a hostile sexual encounter. The good news is some of the dinosaurs in the Republican Party, some of its most respected and most conservative members said, "Whaaaaaat?" and were willing to take a stand in this situation.

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    Mitt Romney’s advisors are no fools. He has chosen Paul Ryan, the ideologue of the Tea Party, as his running mate. And let’s be clear, in the veep vetting process, Ryan and others provided the Romney camp with several years of tax returns. Ahem.

    I was hoping Mitt Romney would offer the American people a political olive branch to demonstrate his willingness to work across party lines to boost our nation. Instead, he has chosen a staunchly conservative political ally who is more concerned with beating Barack Obama than helping fellow Americans.

    This tunnel-vision mentality continues to fuel the hubris of this ticket. We don’t need more entrenched partisanship, especially as vehement as Paul Ryan.

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