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The botched rollout of Barack Obama's signature health care law continues to take a political toll on the president. The latest evidence is a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday morning showing the president's approval rating hitting a record low of 34 percent in Ohio. Obama's disapproval rating has jumped to an all-time high of 61 percent. This represents a significant decline from Quinnipiac's last poll in Ohio on June 26, when Obama recorded a 40 percent approval rating and a 57 percent disapproval rating.
The president's personal credibility has also taken a serious hit, thanks to his broken pledge that Americans would be able to keep their health care plans. Only 39 percent of Ohioans now believe the president is "honest and trustworthy," a new low, while 57 percent believe he is not "honest and trustworthy," a new high.
The law itself has also suffered in the eyes of the public. Only 35 percent of Ohioans currently support Obamacare, while 59 percent are opposed.
The Obama administration is once again delaying the launch of an online small-business health care exchange, pushing the deadline back a full year to November 2014 . . . Consequently, instead of enrolling online through Healthcare.gov, small employers will have to apply through an agent, broker or directly through an insurer to enroll in plans through the new federal marketplace, for at least the next year.
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The small-business site in the complimenary piece to the individual exchange, where technical problems have been well documented. Originally, both exchanges were supposed to open with full functionality at the start of October.
A lot has happened since National Journal Hotline last surveyed the Senate landscape. Republicans took a significant hit when their efforts to derail the Affordable Care Act resulted in a federal government shutdown. But the struggles in implementing that law have swung the pendulum back in the GOP's favor in recent weeks.
Combined with a favorable map, Republican momentum has put control of the Senate firmly in play. In fact, the 7 seats most likely to switch parties in our latest Hotline Senate Rankings are only Democratic-held. If Republicans flip 6 of the 7 -- without losing any of their own vulnerable seats -- they would control the Senate in 2015. Overall, 13 of the 15 most vulnerable seats are held by Democrats.
Is this 100% incorrect, or sometimes allowable in place of "complementary"?
And Happy Hanukkah if you swing that way.
Now all you need to do is to move the elections up about 49 weeks and you'll be all set.
Combined with a favorable map, Republican momentum has put control of the Senate firmly in play.
Bulger also owned a boxing mannequin topped with a hat that was apparently propped in the window of his apartment to make it look as though there was someone keeping lookout. Other items include binoculars, a telescope, camouflage clothing, nine fedoras, 27 pairs of sunglasses, ceramic poodle salt and pepper shakers, assorted porcelain cats and hundreds of books, many with Bulger's handwritten notes scrawled in the margins. There's also a McCain/Palin campaign button and a God Bless America poster.
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