GALLUP POLL: Uninsured Rate Hits Lowest Since 2008

Apr 8, 2014, 10:21 am EDT

New data from a Gallup poll that was collected from 43,562 Americans over the age of 18 has found that the uninsured rate is the lowest its been since 2008. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

Data from the Gallup poll shows that the uninsured rate in America was down to 15.6% in the first quarter of 2014. This shows that there has been a late surge of people signing up for Obamacare as the uninsured rate decreased from 18% in late 2013 to the current 15.6%.

According to the Gallup poll, uninsured the rate for adults in the age groups of 18 to 25, 26 to 34 and 35 to 64 all fell by about two points. The uininsured rate fell the most among households that make less than $36,000 a year and blacks. Both of these groups saw the uninsured rate decrease by a little more than three points. Read 

Senate Passes Bill for Extended Unemployment Benefits

Apr 8, 2014, 9:19 am EDT

The US Senate has extended unemployment benefits for the estimated 2.4 million Americans out of work for at least six months — though it’s unclear if the Republican-controlled House would take up the bill.

President Obama has urged the House to take up the bill and a group of Congressman wrote House Speaker John Boehner asking him to do so.

“The Senate just took action on a bipartisan bill” to renew unemployment insurance, Obama said on Twitter last night. “It’s up to the House to follow suit.” Read 

White House Considers Obama Selfie Ban

Apr 7, 2014, 12:51 pm EDT

The White House may soon ban taking selfies with President Barack Obama. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

Dan Pfeiffer, the White House’s senior adviser, said that the selfie of Obama taken by David Ortiz last week has triggered a look into the practice. He says that it could be “the end of all selfies” as the President didn’t know of Ortiz’s connection to Samsung (SSNLF). The White House disapproves of images of the President being used promote a product, reports the New York Post.

The selfie was taken by Ortiz after he presented Obama with a Red Sox jersey. Oritz has a deal with Samsung and the Obama selfie was shared with the company’s 5.2 million followers on Twitter (TWTR). The White House has objected to images of the President being used to promote products in the past. Read 

Obama Samsung Selfie Draws White House Rebuke

Apr 4, 2014, 2:17 pm EDT

The White House isn’t happy with Samsung (SSNLF) over a selfie taken with President Barack Obama. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The selfie was taken by David Ortiz after he presented the President with a Red Sox jersey. Oritz has an endorsement deal with Samsung and later posted the picture to Twitter (TWTR). Samsung then Retweeted Ortiz’s picture to it 5.2 million followers, reports CNN Money.

“It does stand to reason we have objected in the past. We object now,” Jay Carney, the press secretary for the White House, told Boston.com. ”But I’m not going to get into the manner of objection.” Read 

NASA to Stop Working With Russia With One Exception

Apr 3, 2014, 3:01 pm EDT

NASA and Russia are no longer space partners due to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

The American space agency has cut all space relations with Russia except for the International Space Station. NASA will continue working with Russians in order to “maintain safe and continuous operations” of the space station, the agency said in a statement.

The move prohibits NASA employees from emailing or holding teleconferences with Russian employees. Additionally, the agency’s employees are not allowed to travel to Russia or host visitors for the time being. Read 

Turkey Lifts Its Two-Week-Old Twitter Ban

Apr 3, 2014, 2:42 pm EDT

Twitter (TWTR) was offline in Turkey for two weeks due to a Twitter ban as the country’s local elections were approaching.

The country’s telecoms authorities blocked the social media site on March 21 under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s orders. Erdogan issued the Twitter ban in order to “root out” several anonymously posted audio tapes with recordings of senior officials.

The website came back up after Turkey’s constitutional court ruled the ban a breach of freedom. However, there is a ban on YouTube that is still in effect. The YouTube ban came a week after the Twitter one. Read 

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