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Bay Area native and staff writer with The Hill. I also do some TV. Interests include religion, mental health and bad language. Re-tweets are not endorsements.

Success of ‘American Sniper’ rekindles culture war over Iraq

thehill.com — The box office smash "American Sniper" is opening a new front in the culture wars by reigniting debate over the Iraq War. Clint Eastwood's film, which garnered six Oscar nominations, has quickly turned into the most politically charged movie of the year as pundits and opinion-makers weigh in on its portrayal of Cåhris Kyle, the Navy SEAL credited with the most kills in U.S.

GOP vows to repeal and replace ObamaCare

thehill.com — Republicans vowed to repeal and replace ObamaCare following President Obama's State of the Union address, a speech that repeatedly touted the successes of the healthcare law. Newly elected Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) criticized the reform law for canceling healthcare plans and claimed it has raised premiums and "hurt ... hardworking families."

No mention of HealthCare.gov in SOTU

thehill.com — President Obama did not mention HealthCare.gov or ObamaCare's current enrollment period in his State of the Union address, a major departure from last year's speech. Obama made scant reference to the healthcare law on Tuesday night, never mentioning it by name or acknowledging the details of Republican attacks.

Study: Unvaccinated families live in clusters

thehill.com — Families with underimmunized or unvaccinated children tend to live in clusters, according to new research that points to how public health officials can best focus their messaging. A study published in the journal Pediatrics identified five geographic clusters in California where more three-year-olds had missed at least one vaccine compared with the wider population.

Medicare penalizes clinic linked to Joan Rivers' death

thehill.com — The New York City clinic linked to the death of comedian Joan Rivers will lose its accreditation with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the end of the month, the agency said. Yorkville Endoscopy "no longer meets the conditions for a supplier of ambulatory surgical services," CMS said in a statement reported by The Associated Press.

White House criticized for absence at rally

thehill.com — The Obama administration was criticized on social media Sunday for the lack of high-ranking U.S. officials at the unity rally in Paris, where more than 40 world leaders marched in commemoration of the lives lost to terrorism last week. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris for talks on combatting terrorism and was scheduled to attend the rally.

Senate Intel chief: Terrorist attacks could happen every week

thehill.com — Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said terrorist attacks could begin to happen every week in Europe given the number of sleeper cells that exist there. "I think certainly that's a tempo we could reach given the number of folks who have gone in and out of Syria," Burr said in an interview with ABC's "This Week."

Feinstein: Petraeus has 'suffered enough'

thehill.com — Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) expressed discomfort Sunday with recommendations that former CIA Director David Petraeus face criminal charges for allegedly passing classified information to his one-time mistress. "This man has suffered enough in my view," Feinstein said on CNN's "State of the Union." "He lost his job as CIA director because of it.

Holder: US at war with terrorists who 'corrupt' Islam

thehill.com — Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States is at war with terrorists who pervert the Muslim faith in order to justify violence. Asked on ABC's "This Week" if the U.S. is at war with "radical Islam," Holder said the country is at war "with those who would commit terrorist attacks and who would corrupt the Islamic faith ...

Eric Garner prosecutor picked as candidate to replace Grimm

thehill.com — The Staten Island Republican Party selected Daniel Donovan as its candidate to replace Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), who resigned from Congress Monday after pleading guilty to felony tax evasion. Donovan, the Staten Island district attorney, is known as the prosecutor who failed to convince a grand jury to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner.
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Jan 16, 2015

RT @sarahnferris: First on @thehill: former Oversight chairman @DarrellIssa claims victory after departure of embattled CMS official. thehill.com/policy/healthc…

Jan 06, 2015

RT @micnews: L.A. to San Francsico in under 3 hours — without flying. It's becoming a reality. bit.ly/1s2ME7 pic.twitter.com/k2Sw14IYKH

Jan 06, 2015

Wondering how many mothers and daughters fought over clothing choices prior to these swearing-ins

Jan 06, 2015

@JessicaEatz @thehill @cspan Thank you so much, Jessica! If you ever start a food journalism venture, let me know!

Dec 15, 2014

RT @sarahnferris: Approx 1 minute after surgeon general vote, gun control groups declare 'huge victory' thehill.com/policy/healthc…

Dec 09, 2014

Tavenner is over. this. Rarely shows it this clearly.

Dec 09, 2014

RT @jennyrogersDC: lots of good details in here about why D.C. gallerists and artists show in Miami washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk…

Dec 09, 2014

Gruber hearing: “You’re a professor at MIT and you’re worried about not looking smart enough?” “Yes.”

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