Oct 21, 2013, 10:08 am EST
Recently-elected U.S. Senator Cory Booker presided over some of the first same-sex marriages in New Jersey just after midnight on Monday.
Nine couples were married at city hall in Newark, where Booker is mayor, last night. The marriages came in the wake of a ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court, which on Friday refused a request from the state government to delay a lower court’s decision that would make gay marriage legal in the state starting on Monday, the Associated Press noted.
Last year, the state legislature passed a law that would have okayed gay marriage in New Jersey. However, Republican Governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill. Read
Oct 18, 2013, 4:32 pm EST
Allergy-relieving epinephrine pens are sweeping schools around the nation following a series of allergic reactions that have resulted in tragedies.
ABC reports that 15 new states have passed laws that allow schools to stock epinephrine pens in case a students suffers an unexpected allergic reaction. This could be a result of the law passed by the House of Representatives in July that gives preference to schools that carry epinephrine pens when applying for asthma grants.
Here are the 27 states that stock epinephrine at school: Read
Oct 18, 2013, 10:34 am EST
Obamacare exchanges are sending erroneous data to insurers.
Health insurers are reporting that Obamacare is sending flawed data to them that includes: duplicate enrollments, spouses reported as children, missing data fields and suspect eligibility determinations. The flawed data is making it difficult for insurers to handle the small amount of people that have been able to sign up for health insurance. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska had to hire temporary employees to called new customers so that it could sort out the mistakes in their insurance plans and Medical Mutual of Ohio claims that it had one customer that signed up for three different plans, reports Market Watch.
Obamacare has been experiencing glitches and errors since it launched, but the White House has assured the public that it is fixing these problems. The glitches with the Obamacare website have been bad enough that no one in Hawaii was able to sign up for insurance as of Oct. 11 and very few people were able to sign up in other states. Read
Oct 18, 2013, 9:17 am EST
Sources tell the Washington Post that President Barack Obama will nominate Jeh Johnson to replace Janet Napolitano as the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Johnson most recently served as the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense, where he played a crucial role in a number of national security decisions, including U.S. military action in Libya and drone strikes against members of al-Qaeda overseas.
If he is confirmed as head of DHS, Johnson will take the reins of a department that manages 22 separate agencies employing 240,000 workers, coordinating disaster response, cybersecurity and border controls, among an array of other functions. Read
Oct 17, 2013, 1:05 pm EST
Democrat Cory Booker beat Republican Steve Lonegan for the New Jersey senate seat on Wednesday.
Booker, 44, won the senate seat after a two month election to finish the term of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died at the age of 89 in June. Booker is the current Mayor of Newark and plans to bring change to Congress. He said that he wants to take American’s frustrations and focus them into energy to bring change to congress. Booker beat Lonegan with 55% of the votes. Lonegan won 44% of the votes. Booker says that he expects to be sworn into the office within the next two weeks depending on the schedules of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Vice President Joe Biden. He will be the first black senator from New Jersey, reports The Washington Post.
Booker had an advantage running for the senate seat. One-third of voters in New Jersey are registered as Democrats compared to 20% being registered as Republicans. Read
Oct 17, 2013, 12:00 pm EST
A respected and well-known House stenographer snapped after the last-minute deal to end the government shutdown passed on Washington.
CNN reports that the stenographer went up to the podium, grabbed the microphone and began screaming before being escorted out by the Sergeant-At-Arms. She said that “God shall not be mocked. A House divided cannot stand,” according to a GOP representative. The rest of her speech was caught on tape by Todd Zwilich of Public Radio International.
The stenographer went on talking about God and how this is not and has never been one nation under God. “Had it been… it would not have been,” she continued. “No. it would not have been… the Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons… and go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.” Read