Oct 28, 2013, 11:47 am EDT
Chris Christie is getting support from a basketball superstar in his bid for a second term as governor of the Garden State.
Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal is lending his public endorsement to the Republican in a new advertisement. In the TV spot, O’Neal says that he has partnered with Christie to “bring jobs back to our cities, and on a new program to help kids in tough neighborhoods get ahead.” O’Neal acknowledges that he hasn’t endorsed many political candidates, but says that Christie is “a great man” who has increased school funding and provided merit pay for good teachers, CBS News notes.
The 7-foot-tall basketball star is a native of Newark, New Jersey’s largest city. He endorsed Democrat Barack Obama’s re-election last year. Read
Oct 28, 2013, 11:32 am EDT
Online health insurance exchanges covering all 50 states were unable to process enrollments on Sunday after a third party data center suffered technical difficulties.
The latest glitches comes after a very rocky start for the health exchange websites that are the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Sunday’s failure was linked to an outage at Verizon’s (VZ) Terremark data center, which cut the center off from the federal government’s data network. With the loss of connectivity, the websites could not verify the identifies of people trying to purchase insurance through the exchanges, Reuters notes. Read
Oct 28, 2013, 9:39 am EDT
Brace yourself for another tax that may be coming your way: State and federal officials are now looking to tax vehicle mileage via a little black box.
The box would transmit the mileage you drive to a collection agency that would then use that information in order to tax your driving.
The idea has been met with quiet resistance in Washington, but some states are already embracing the plan — and say it’s the method of choice for funding much-needed road and highway infrastructure fixes. Read
Oct 25, 2013, 2:27 pm EDT
U.S. citizens who rely on food stamps are outraged over a budget cut that will see the value of their stamps go down.
WDAM reports that as of Friday, Nov. 1, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be cut. This essentially means that the millions of Americans who need food stamps to survive will no longer be able to buy as much food with their stamps as they used to.
About 15% of the U.S. population — or 47 million people — receive food stamps and receive an average of just over $133 a month. Nevertheless, the $5 billion cut will see this number go down for everyone unless the move is stopped by Congress which is unlikely. Read
Oct 25, 2013, 1:10 pm EDT
The Pentagon has just lost a lot of money trying to build an airship that was supposed to hover over war zones for up to three weeks.
MSN reports that the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle was a project that was meant to help the U.S. out during the war in Afghanistan but it ended up being a waste of money. The airship cost $297 million to make and after being eight months behind schedule and 12,000 pounds overweight, the Pentagon scrapped the project and sold the vehicle to the company that made it for $301,000.
The Army believes that it wasn’t a complete waste of money for the Pentagon as the technology learned from the project will help them save money in the long run. Read
Oct 25, 2013, 12:52 pm EDT
It’s been a little over three weeks since Americans have started shopping for health insurance under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act. When Healthcare.gov launched on Oct.1, it was supposed to be an efficient marketplace for uninsured and self-employed Americans to shop for the insurance they are required to have under the new law.
To say it’s been a little rocky would be an understatement.
In a major blow to the Obama administration, Healthcare.gov has been an unmitigated disaster. The site has been basically inoperable for most who have tried to use it. Read