"Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents for decades" -Cruz spokesman
Sen. Ted Cruz traveled with 22 members of Congress to South Africa for the memorial Tuesday
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walked out of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s memorial service Tuesday when Cuban President Raul Castro gave a speech, a spokeswoman for Cruz said.
“Sen. Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz told ABC News. “For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents.
Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners. He should hold free elections, and once and for all, set the Cuban people free.”
Cruz, who is of Cuban descent, was part of a congressional delegation that traveled to South Africa for the memorial service of Nelson Mandela.
This is such a joke. According to a new report out today, the lowest-priced coverage on the exchange, the 'Bronze' plan has an average deductible of $5K, plus the hundreds of dollars a month for the premium. What person, who is living paycheck-to-paycheck is going purchase a plan like this? How can they? Why would they? You are going to have thousands, maybe millions of people say -forget it- and they will just go without insurance.
The $5K deductible under Obamacare is a 42% increase over the cost prior to the health care law.
As enrollment picks up on the HealthCare.gov website, many people with modest incomes are encountering a troubling element of the federal health law: deductibles so steep they may not be able to afford the portion of medical expenses that insurance doesn't cover.
The average individual deductible for what is called a bronze plan on the exchange—the lowest-priced coverage—is $5,081 a year, according to a new report on insurance offerings in 34 of the 36 states that rely on the federally run online marketplace.
That is 42% higher than the average deductible of $3,589 for an individually purchased plan in 2013 before much of the federal law took effect, according to HealthPocket Inc., a company that compares health-insurance plans for consumers.
A deductible is the annual amount people must spend on health care before their insurer starts making payments.
The health law makes tax credits available to help cover insurance premiums for people with annual income up to four times the poverty level, or $45,960 for an individual. In addition, "cost-sharing" subsidies to help pay deductibles are available to people who earn up to 2.5 times the poverty level, or about $28,725 for an individual, in the exchange's silver policies.
The generous "mystery" tipper who has been leaving waiters across the country thousands of dollars in "Tips for Jesus" — and stamped with the @tipsforjesus handle — was identified by a New York City waiter as Jack Selby, former PayPal vice president.
Aruj Dhawan, a waiter at Bo's Kitchen, told the New York Post that Selby and two other patrons gave him a $1,000 tip on a $111.05 bill.
"As I was about to drop the check off, one of the men said they would ‘make my night.’ They called me over, gave me the check," Dhawan told the Post. "I was amazed ... I was just really thankful.”
So were Dhawan's coworkers: the Chelsea restaurant pools its tips among staffers at the end of the night.
Last week, ValleyWag.com reported that Selby — who made millions on PayPal's sale to eBay — was behind the big tips.
According to the Post, Bo's manager, Benjamin Cramer, asked Selby why he tipped so much. "He said, 'Just because.' I was told, 'We tip a hundred times the bill.'"
Bigger tips bearing the "Tips for Jesus" mark were left across Manhattan over the weekend: $3,500 on a $391.95 bill at The Smith near Lincoln Center, and $7,000 on a $2,994.61 check at the NoMad in midtown.
The anonymous tipping campaign began in September at in Ann Arbor, Mich., where a $3,000 tip was left on an $87.88 bill. A day later, a $2,000 tip was left on a $215 meal, then $5,000 on a $214.75 check.
Here's the one where he left $10K, there is an entire page of these on Instagram
Super Bowl XLVIII will be on February 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium.
Officials have formally announced that tailgating will be banned during the season’s biggest football game at New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium in February. Super Bowl attendees can eat food or drink in their cars, but festivities may not extend into the parking lot due to space limitations.
Obama disapproval at 53%, the highest in 29 polls from McClatchy-Marist
58% disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy
WASHINGTON (McClatchy) — The American public is unusually pessimistic about the direction of the country and increasingly fed up with Washington gridlock, a sour mood reflected in the worst disapproval ratings for President Barack Obama since he took office nearly five years ago.
People give elected officials unusually low grades – 31 percent rated them “D” and 38 percent gave them an “F,” according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
“The lack of confidence in Washington to right itself is showing up,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in New York.
Obama’s disapproval rating climbed to 53 percent – the worst in 29 polls since he took office in January 2009 – while 43 percent approved of his job performance. The disapproval number was up sharply from the 47 percent reading in September and tops the previous high of 52 percent in September 2011.
After 5 years of this, I don't think anybody is surprised at this point.
President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a simple gesture that stoked talk of a possible rapprochement between the leaders of two Cold War foes.
The brief encounter between the U.S. and Cuban president came during a ceremony that celebrated the former South African president's legacy of reconciliation. Obama was greeting a line of world leaders attending the memorial in Johannesburg before delivering his own eulogy in which he urged a new generation to embrace Mandela's life work as their own.
More than half a century after the U.S. cut off diplomatic relations with Cuba, such exchanges between American and Cuban leaders are exceedingly rare. U.S. officials often have gone to great lengths to avoid having presidents meet Cuban leaders, even in passing.
Watch: Raul is sitting right next to Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff