May 19, 2014

Ga. Dem Senate Candidate Nunn Won’t Tell NBC — or AP — How She Would Have Voted on Obamacare

In a Monday evening report at the Associated Press, reporters Bill Barrow and Christina A. Cassidy did their best to try to minimize the impact of a politically disastrous dodge on the part of Georgia Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn.

In a weekend interview with NBC, Nunn refused to say whether she would have voted for or against the Affordable Care Act in 2010, saying that “it’s impossible to look back retrospectively and say what would you have done if you were there.” (And besides, she was working for a not-for-profit foundation at the time, so how could she know?) Additionally, Nunn got so rattled that she invented a new use for the word “architect” — as a verb: “I wished that we had more people who had tried to architect a bipartisan legislation.” Clearly, the AP’s Barrow and Cassidy were hoping for a real answer from Nunn. But they didn’t get one. Not even close (bolds and numbered tags are mine):


AP’s Raum: Almost 700 Words on Historic Growth in Temps and Contract Workers, Not a Word on Obamacare

In July 2013, the Associated Press’s Christopher Rugaber finally noticed the meteoric rise in the number of temporary help service and other non-payroll personnel working at U.S. employers — a trend which at the time was about 2-1/2 years old. Rugaber noted that “temps and to a much larger universe of freelancers, contract workers and consultants … number nearly 17 million people who have only tenuous ties to the companies that pay them – about 12 percent of everyone with a job.” He also cited two likely contributors to that growth. First, “Some employers have also sought to sidestep the new health care law’s rule that they provide medical coverage for permanent workers. Second, “companies want to avoid having too many employees during a downturn.”

This morning, the AP’s Tom Raum did another report on the situation. Somehow, his count of the number of such workers fell to about 3 million, or “2.3 percent” of all employment. Additionally, Raum did not identify The Affordable Care Act as a relevant factor. Finally, instead of citing the potential for a downturn — a not inconsequential possibility, given that most forecasters now believe that first-quarter growth this year, originally reported as an annualized 0.1 percent, will go negative in future revisions — merely noted in his final sentence that “the shadow of the December 2007-June 2009 recession still looms over today’s labor market.” Excerpts follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):


Serco Update

Filed under: Business Moves,Health Care,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:31 pm

Instapundit has linked my weekend NewsBusters post on Serco (“AP Treats Obamacare Contractor’s Employees in Three States Doing Almost No Work As a Local Story”). I appreciate that.

What was true on Saturday is still true today, a full week after KMOV first broke the story: The AP has no national site story on Serco.


UPDATE: My PJ Media column, which appears on track to go up late tonight or tomorrow morning, will be about Serco.

NYT’s David Carr: Dean Baquet Threatened to Resign If Abramson Stayed

Last night (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I pointed to the track record of Dean Baquet, who has ascended to the hallowed perch of executive editor at the New York Times, and observed that “someone who has clearly been a troubling and disruptive presence is now in charge.”

Two incidents spanning seven years support my contention. The first occurred in 2006 at the Los Angeles Times, where Baquet, then that paper’s editor, petulantly refused to make budget cuts the paper’s Tribune Company parent demanded, took his complaints public in the paper itself, metaphorically barricaded himself in his office, and dared the Trib to fire him (they did, two months later). The second occurred in April of last year, when Baquet, now at the New York Times, got into an argument with now deposed Executive Editor Jill Abramson, “burst out of Abramson’s office, slammed his hand against a wall … stormed out of the newsroom … (and was) gone for the rest of the day.” Now we learn from David Carr at the Old Gray Lady itself that, in essence, Baquet did an “it’s her or me” number on Abramson (HT Ann Althouse) to grease the skids for her firing.


Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051914)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Family cannot be done away with, archbishop tells UN

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From New York:

May 18, 2014 / 06:02 am

The family has a “unique character” that makes it a “patrimony for all humanity,” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, told the United Nations.

Despite a hostile culture, the archbishop said, “a clear majority of persons want a family at the center of their life, and it would be mistake to think the family can be done away with.”

“We have to be much more cautious than we have been about weakening this fundamental unity that is not only the bearing wall of social life but that can also help us avoid the inhuman consequences of a society that has become hyper-individualistic and hyper-technological.”

He called for a “renewal of family models” that foster a family that is more understanding of itself, more attentive to its internal relationships, and more able to live in harmony with other families with respect for its surroundings.

Archbishop Paglia, a native of Italy, spoke at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York City on May 15, the International Day of Families. The event marks the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family, established by the U.N.’s General Assembly to raise awareness about the importance of families and to respond to the challenges they face.

The archbishop explained that the family uniquely combines two forms of relationships that have “radical differences”: the relationship between male and female and the relationship between parent and child. The family is not a venue for individualism that idealizes “autonomy and independence.” Rather, the family features “interdependence” and “reciprocity.”

The family is also a place for “strong relationships” that deeply affect its members “for good or ill.” It lacks the instability of other relationships and requires its members to interact with people different than themselves.

The archbishop said the family is “at the very heart of human development, indispensable and irreplaceable, and at the same time beautiful and welcoming.”

Countries that do not make men’s responsibility for their children a “structural element” face poorer social development, especially regarding women and children, he noted. …

Go here for the rest of the story.