Daily Archives: March 11, 2014

Pompeo wanted Snowden uninvited from SXSW

snowden,sxswOver the strong objections of Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, offered a live video conference on Monday with National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Speaking from Moscow, Snowden expressed no regrets for having exposed U.S. intelligence gathering methods. “I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and I saw that the Constitution was violated on a massive scale,” Snowden said. Pompeo had urged the festival to uninvite Snowden. “Rewarding Mr. Snowden’s behavior in this way encourages the very lawlessness he exhibited,” Pompeo wrote in a letter, saying Snowden “is no more a whistle-blower than were Alger Hiss, the Rosenbergs or Benedict Arnold.”

Latest anti-Obamacare bill another dead end

healthcaregovpageThe Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, chaired by Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, passed a bill last week that would require Affordable Care Act health insurance navigators to undergo background checks, be fingerprinted and pay an annual $100 registration fee, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. But as Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, noted, Missouri passed similar requirements, and they were blocked by the courts. Cathy Harding, executive director of the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, said it was disheartening “to have policymakers working so hard to put up barriers to people helping their friends and neighbors and community members enroll in private insurance plans in the private market.”