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Santorum: GOP Should Follow Pope’s Example to Gain Followers.

It’s possible to believe in your principles and still gain public support, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says.

Santorum told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that both Pope Francis and conservative Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott have won over followers without changing their position on social issues, and Republicans can do the same.

“We’ve done a very bad job of connecting with working Americans, and we’re out there in a very stressful time in American history,” Santorum said during a round table during the news program. “People are full of fear and anxiety about their future, and we’re out there talking about cutting things.”

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And while Santorum favors reducing the size of government and taxes, he said the issue is not simply about what’s going to be cut.

“When your whole answer is, ‘I’m going to cut your benefits, I’m going to cut taxes for rich people,’ you’re not cutting it with average people. And that to me is the real missing link here.”

But if Republicans would talk more like Pope Francis, maybe they would be more successful in attracting the followers they need to win races, argued Santorum, a devout Roman Catholic.

“Pope Francis hasn’t changed one doctrine of the Catholic Church, but he’s getting four times the crowds,” he said. “Why? Because of the way he’s communicating to the average person out there. We need to learn some lessons of who is out there actually trying to reach average folks . . . because average working Americans feel disconnected to this president.”

Santorum, who placed fifth in a straw poll of potential presidential candidates at this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference, went on to tell Wallace that he’s refusing to comment on whether he’s planning to run for president again. He said he’s holding off on answering that question until after this year’s midterm elections.

However, he admitted, “I will be in Iowa and New Hampshire this month.”

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Howard Dean: Obamacare Mandate Not Needed, Has Hurt President.

 Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean says the Obamacare mandate that all Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine is not only unpopular — it’s totally unnecessary.

Dean told CNBC Monday that the number of young, healthy people signing up for President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, broadening the risk pool for everyone buying their insurance in the Obamacare insurance marketplace, “doesn’t really matter that much,” the Washington Times reported.

“This is about the individual mandate,” the former Vermont governor and onetime presidential candidate said. “The individual mandate was not necessary, and it’s probably a big political thing, and that is going to hurt the Democrats because people don’t like to be told what to do by the government no matter what party they’re in.”

“But the truth is, that wasn’t necessary, and the insurance companies like it because it does bring young, healthy people who aren’t likely to get sick into the system,” he said.

A recent poll showed that a majority of Americans don’t like the individual mandate. The Rasmussen poll, released Dec. 17, shows that 58 percent of those surveyed opposed the requirement.

Dean argued as much more than a year ago, warning, prophetically, that the mandate would hurt the president.

As the Supreme Court of the United States was deliberating the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Dean said it wouldn’t matter even if the high court struck down the mandate.

“The mandate is something that’s not really necessary, first of all,” Dean told Fox News Sunday on April 1, 2012. “If the justices strike it down, it might actually help the president, because the people don’t like the mandate. But if the rest of the bill stays intact, I think it will ultimately be seen as a victory for the president.”

The Supreme Court in June 2012 upheld the 2010 law.

On Monday, Dean said that for young people under 18 in Vermont, “the individual mandate is really not that necessary, and the actual data does not lead to the conclusion that you’re going to have huge cost overruns for the insurance companies.”

Still, Dean is now predicting the law itself will eventually work.

“I think there are going to be some more bumps, but I do think ultimately this is going to get better, not worse,” he said. “We’re not out of the woods, but I think by March we will be, and a lot more people will have insurance.”

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By Cathy Burke

Mike Rogers: Snowden ‘Ran to Russia,’ Deserves No Amnesty.

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By Greg Richter

Two members of the House Intelligence Committee from opposing parties agreed Sunday that NSA leaker Edward Snowden should have stayed in the United States rather than fleeing to Russia.

Snowden addressed the British public via television on Christmas Day and talked to The Washington Post on Dec. 23. He said he is doing the work the government has failed to do.

“I’m not moved by the message at all,” Schiff said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“And I think there’s a real irony here that he’s giving this message from one of the foremost Big Brother states in the world, where he is living without any privacy, because there is no right or expectation of privacy in Russia whatsoever,” he said.

Schiff admitted that Snowden “has kindled an important public debate,” but he said it came from a “mixture of motivations.” Snowden should have stayed in the United States and been willing to stand up for his beliefs, he said.

Likewise, Rogers, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” said Snowden “is somebody who had a troubled employment history, who ran to China and Russia.”

Snowden himself swiped at both parties in his Washington Post interview, in which he said he was “elected” to his post to “improve” the National Security Agency by Sen. Dianne Feinstein “when she asked softball questions” in committee hearings and by Rogers “when he kept these programs secret.”

Rogers argued that the programs that keep metadata on Americans’ phone and email communications were instituted after 9/11 because it was found that they could have prevented the worst act of terrorism on American soil. Members of relevant committees are briefed on everything, he argued.

Information is “well-overseen, locked away in a vault,” Rogers said, and there is oversight over who gets access.

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Joel Osteen: Celebrate Spirit of Christmas Year Round.

The most important thing Americans can do during the holidays is let go of stress and replace it with the spirit of the season, best-selling author and Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen tells Newsmax.

“I remind them that God‘s got you in the palm of his hand,” Osteen said. “Nothing you’re facing is a surprise to God. So come back to that place of peace, let go of the anxiety, the frustration, and choose to believe.”

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In addition to embracing the spirit of the season, believers also should remember the reason for it.

“You just have to remind yourself, almost daily with all of the distractions, the reason for the season,” he said. “The gifts are important, and we like to give, and that’s all fun, but that’s not the most important. It’s the memories that we’re going to make together. We just really value making those memories together and not getting so caught, so stressed out, over having to have the perfect gift.”

One tradition in the Osteen house on Christmas Day is a friendly game of football.

“Now, the tradition is we have family come over, usually after Christmas lunch, and we all go out in the back and play football,” he said. “[I have] a lot of cousins, and I have a lot of nieces and nephews, and we have a lot of fun.”

Osteen balances his time as the head of the largest church in the country with his responsibilities at home by setting priorities.

“So it’s just managing your time and having good people around you, and it’s important that pastors, or anybody, you take time for yourself,” he said. “You’re not just a spiritual person. You’ve got to have your emotional, physical – you’ve got to take care of your whole body. So that’s important.

“Are you overworked? Are you trying to take on too much?” he continued. “Maybe you need to make an adjustment here. Maybe you’re trying to please everybody, but it’s taking your own joy so you may have to risk being out of favor with somebody for a little while and take care of yourself and your own family.”

Christmas, while only one day on the calendar, is a holiday that can be celebrated all year long through random acts of kindness, Osteen added.

“If you have your health, if you have children, whatever you have, start the day off in faith,” he said. “And then another important thing is, all through the day, we should be focused on not just how I can get blessed, but how I can be blessing.

“In other words, there are little things we can do all through the day that keep the Christmas spirit going. Can you give somebody a compliment? Can you give them a ride? Can you hold the door open for them? Let them in traffic? These little things, it’s a spirit of giving that we can keep going all through the year.”

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By Amy Woods and John Bachman

Bob Woodward: Budget Deal Reached Because Obama Wasn’t There.

The bipartisan budget deal put together by Rep. Paul of Ryan, R-Wisc., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., was possible largely because President Barack Obama wasn’t involved, says The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward.

“This budget deal worked — let’s go right to the center of this — because Obama was not part of the negotiations,” Woodward said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“He is not a good negotiator,” he said.

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Though Ryan is clearly a conservative, Woodward said, his philosophy of sitting down with Democrats to find common ground was “very significant.”

“It is, indeed, small, but it’s a step forward,” Woodward said.

The deal strengthens both Ryan and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Woodward argued. Boehner was able to pull together more than 300 votes to pass the compromise bill in the House on Thursday. A Democratically controlled Senate is expected to pass it this week.

Boehner castigated members of the far right in his party, including outside interest groups. He had been less successful during the budget negotiations in October that led to the government shutdown. At that time, Boehner was forced to follow the leading of tea party members, and the two sides were able only to pass a temporary deal that would have expired in mid-January.

Obama had a key role in those failed talks.

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Rove: Zeke Emanuel Unattractive Face of Obamacare.

The White House should stop putting Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel on television to tout the healthcare law, Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, said Monday.

“My advice would be stop letting him go on television to be the face of the program, because it ain’t a very attractive face and voice,” Rove, also a Fox News contributor, told the network’s “America’s Newsroom.”

However, he added, “As an opponent of Obamacare, I hope they keep putting Dr. Emanuel on television!”

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Emanuel told “Fox News Sunday” when President Barack Obama claimed people could keep the doctors they liked under Obamacare, the president meant they could, if they were willing to pay more. Rove called that statement “ludicrous.”

“The president said, ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.’ He didn’t say, ‘You’re going to have to pay a lot more to keep your doctor under my plan,'” Rove explained.

“Why Emanuel continues to try to defend it saying, ‘Well the president didn’t promise you couldn’t have unlimited . . . blah, blah, blah.’ It was a ridiculous defense. And, not particularly effective,” Rove added.

Emanuel, brother of former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, also said the administration would launch a PR campaign to encourage people to enroll in Obamacare.

After the amount of money and time already spent to promote the program, Rove said Emanuel was “delusional” to think new advertising would help.

“As people have learned more about it, how more enthusiastic do you think they are about it?” Rove asked.

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By Wanda Carruthers

Trump: Obamacare Problem Incompetence, Not Bureaucracy.

The problem with Obamacare is not governmental bureaucracy, as President Barack Obama claimed last week, but “gross incompetence,” Donald Trump charged Monday.

“It’s been incompetent from day one. The way it got passed was horrible,” the real estate mogul told “Fox & Friends.”

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In an interview Thursday with MSNBC talk show host Chris Matthews, Obama said his management style was not to blame for the problems with the Obamacare rollout. Instead, he pointed to the size of government and “big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly,” Politico reported.

But Trump disagreed. “It’s not bureaucracy. It’s gross incompetence,” he said.

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Obamacare is a law that’s not only affecting people adversely, but is expensive as well, Trump maintained. In addition, the website problems are causing people to not know if they have healthcare coverage after they have enrolled, he said.

“You don’t know if you’re going to get it because, when you call the insurance company, they don’t know who you are. It’s a catastrophe. It’s a total mess,” Trump said.

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Ezekiel Emmanuel, one of Obamacare’s architects, proposed a public relations campaign to promote the program in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” Trump disagreed with Emmanuel’s claim that promoting Obamacare would encourage young people to sign up for it.

“No PR campaign is going to work,” Trump said. “The product is no good. It’s too expensive. Your deductibles are huge. And, it’s not a workable product.”

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By Wanda Carruthers

Gen. Hayden: Iran ‘Far Too Close to Nuclear Weapon’.

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By Greg Richter

With few good choices in dealing with Iran‘s push for nuclear weapons, former CIA and NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden said he’s OK with letting the six-month temporary deal with the country go forward.

But we should be truthful, Hayden told “Fox News Sunday.” “We have accepted Iranian uranium enrichment.”

The “red line” with Iran has clearly changed, Hayden told host Chris Wallace.

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“Right now, the Iranians are far too close to a nuclear weapon,” he said. “We have hit the pause button. Now we’ve got to negotiate hitting the delete button with them.”At the end of the day, Hayden said, “Iran’s going to be a nuclear threshold state.”

The deal allows Iran to have uranium enriched to 5 percent. Previous U.N. resolutions have called for a complete dismantling of its nuclear program and that all materials be shipped out of the country.

Turning to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Hayden said he has no reason to doubt reports that Snowden has a doomsday cache that will be unleashed if he is caught or punished for leaking American secrets.

“This is catastrophic for the safety and the security of the American nation,” Hayden said. Still, he doesn’t think the U.S. government should back away from pursuing Snowden.

To do so, he said, would be like “negotiating with terrorists.”

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George Will: Medicaid is Next Obamacare Crisis.

As the White House touted improvements to the troubled website Sunday morning, conservative pundit George Will said the real test might be in six months when employers begin to weigh their options for 2015.

“Watch the employers, because if they start dumping people into … Medicaid – and the doctors then say, the burdens are too high and the reimbursement is too low; we’re not seeing Medicaid patients – then all hell is going to break loose,” Will said on “Fox News Sunday.” 

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Former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., voted for Obamacare, and admitted Sunday it hasn’t worked out like he expected.

“Clearly, the rollout has been a disaster, and it’s still a work in progress,” Bayh told host Chris Wallace. Short-term, he said, the program has been “very problematic, and first impressions tend to be lasting.”

If things don’t turn around in the next year, he said, it will be “problematic” for Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.

With the passing of the November 30 deadline to have the glitch-filled website functioning, James Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center told Fox News it may be a month before anyone can tell if there has been success in fixing the site.

He said the appearance of a better-working site doesn’t mean the system is functioning as it should.

“The real test of is whether you make the right payment to the right people to the right insurance plans, he said. “It’s very easy to fix the front-end enrollment if you turn off controls on the back end. And it’s very clear from multiple media reports that the system is still not accurate when it makes payments to the insurance plans.”

The technicians are working around the problem instead of fixing it, he said. The government currently is making bulk payments to insurance companies who are self-reporting their sign-ups because the back end of the system isn’t properly keeping an accounting.

Neera Tanden, of the Center for American Progress, agreed that the true test is a month away, but as a supporter of the Affordable Care Act noted, “I think the idea of gloom and doom over that is overstated.”

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By Greg Richter

Palin: Who Am I Not to Accept Bashir Apology?.

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By Greg Richter


Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she accepts the apology of Martin Bashir,  the MSNBC host who suggested she be punished with human excrement, in her first direct response to the controversy.

“Who am I to not accept an apology? Everyone must humble themselves and accept that offer of apology,” Palin told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

But if someone wants to attack her again just to make news then call her in private to apologize, they can go through her husband, Todd, or one of her children and leave a message.

“Hear what they have to say about it,” she said.

Still, she told Wallace she is an adult and can handle being attacked.

“I can defend myself, and I can take it,” she said. “I don’t have to accept his vile, evil comments, so they don’t have to affect me. … Are you going to become bitter or better?”

On May 15, Bashir called Palin America’s “resident dunce” and a “world-class idiot” after she compared the national debt to slavery. He then read from the diary of a slave owner who described vile punishments for his slaves and suggested the same be done to Palin. He apologized on the next show.

MSNBC and its parent NBC have said nothing publicly about the matter, though itsuspended host Alec Baldwin after he used a gay slur to reporters on a New York street.

Palin said MSNBC is OK with conservative women being the targets of attacks. She cancelled a “Today” show interview with Matt Lauer after the network failed to rebuke Bashir.

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