July 30th, 2012
07:43 AM ET

Monday's live events

The race to the presidency now turns toward the general election in November.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

12:30 pm ET - White House briefing - Press Secretary Jay Carney appears to have the day off, but that doesn't mean the media will take it easy on Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest.  Topics expected to be discussed include "fiscal cliff" fears and Syria.

2:00 pm ET - Senate, House back in session - This week should be the final week of work for House and Senate lawmakers before their August recess.  The House will consider whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, while both chambers will debate efforts to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff".

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

 


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  1. if U

    If you vote along racist lines again, we shall be forced to bannishing both you AND your children from voting EVER again. (we take it for granted you taught your kids)
    Don't lie. We will be able to determine if you vote for Obama b/c he was black statistically. (not an opinion)
    Do not expose your RAP as talk radio to a beat. ty

    July 30, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. fess up, yo

    It all boils down to one thing, yo. Who has the RIGHT to rule this earth.
    So far, brah, all we have had is one man after another saying that "god" wants *him* to be president!
    Tyme fo a chayge, sista.

    July 30, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bernie Simverstein, stock broker

    NO CHANGE needed. Invest! in America! Yay! (shalom)

    July 30, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Daddy Warbag

    Are we allowed to sell War Bonds to Syria? The answer to this question may surprise yiu.

    July 30, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    The most important thing is to vote.
    Not voting signifies that one is satisfied with the status quo.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    Good Morning, I posted this on Ahead of The Curve and thought this thread would get better input.

    Healthcare Question- I received a 4 page letter in the mail saying that I am receiving a rebate for 2011 required by the Affordable Care Act-the health reform bill. I am trying to read between the lines as to what this is all about. Did anyone else get this letter? I called the Health Insurance Division of my former employer and sent an email. No response yet but it was the weekend. Can anyone explain what they think this means. Of course this rebate money is taxable.

    July 30, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ dazzle

    I did a little research on this. Hope it helps.

    Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies are required to disclose how much of your premium dollar they actually spend on health care and how much they spend on administration, such as salaries and marketing. In the past, consumers did not have a right to this information.

    But here’s the real game-changer: The 80/20 rule. If the insurance company spends less than 80 percent of premiums on medical care it must rebate the excess. For large group plans (the kind provided by companies that employ 50 people or more), health insurance companies must spend 85 percent of the premiums on medical care.

    “The 80/20 rule helps ensure consumers get fair value for their health care dollar,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.
    Any rebates must be paid by Aug. 1 each year. For those with individual policies, the refund can be a check, a lump-sum reimbursement to the credit or debit card used to pay the bill, or a discount on future premiums.

    Rebates for group plans will go to the employer, but some of that money is supposed to be passed along to employees or used in a way that benefits them in the future – such as lower premiums.

    The new law also requires health insurance companies to tell customers whether they hit, exceeded or missed the 80/20 mark. If they missed the goal, they must say by how much and what percentage of your premium will be rebated. This new transparency is unprecedented.

    All of this information will be available on HealthCare.gov later this summer.

    July 30, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Oh, and good morning btw.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Good morning to two of my favorite people.
    I hope you're both well.

    Bciah, thanks for the information.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Good morning banasy

      Things are well cattown. How's it in your life ? Ducky, I hope.

      July 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Things are fine on Banasy Island, bciah.
      Things are going swimmingly.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dazzle ©

    Now I can wish a good morning or good afternoon to two of my favorite people. @bobcat(in a hat), thank you so much for your valuable input. I am jaded and skeptical where transparency is concerned but I guess I should be happy that I am getting a rebate.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Now that I have that serious part out of my system,

    A man asked his wife, "What would you most like for your birthday?"

    She said, "I'd love to be ten again."

    On the morning of her birthday, he got her up bright and early and they went to a theme park. He put her on every ride in the park – the Death Slide, The Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear. She had a go on every ride there was.

    She staggered out of the theme park five hours later, her head reeling and her stomach turning.

    Then off to a movie theater, popcorn, cola and sweets.

    At last she staggered home with her husband and collapsed into bed.

    Her husband leaned over and asked, "Well, dear, what was it like being ten again?"

    One eye opened and she groaned, "Actually, honey, I meant dress size!"

    July 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©

    So you're a senior citizen and the government says no health care for you, what do you do? Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older a gun and 4 bullets. Your are allowed to shoot 2 senators and 2 representatives. Of Course, this means you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head, and all the health care you need! New teeth, no problem. Need glasses, great. New hip, knees, kidney, lungs, heart? All covered. And who will be paying for all of this? The same government that just told you that you are too old for health care. Plus, because you are a prisoner, you don't have to pay any income taxes any more.

    IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY OR WHAT?!

    July 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      WAS MY SARCASM TOO LOUD THERE ?

      July 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      No, Rawr, your sarcasm wasn't loud enough!!

      July 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Like any corrupt (insert your city here) politician, (insert your politician here) would frequently go the cemetery to register voters. One night he came across a grave so old and worn that he couldn't make out the name on the tombstone. The staffer holding the flashlight got impatient and suggested that they just move on to the next plot. (insert your politician here) angrily exclaimed, "This person has as much right to vote as anyone else here!"

    July 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Okay everybody, It's groaner time.

    My husband, Ray, was attempting to build a patio for the first time.
    He bought 100 cement blocks. Laying them out in a pattern, he discovered the chosen area was too small.

    He stacked the blocks against the house and cleared more space. The next day Ray put the cement blocks back down, only to find that the ground was too hard to keep the patio level.

    He ordered a truckload of sand to be delivered the following morning.
    Again he stacked the 100 blocks against the house.

    Observing all this, our next-door neighbor asked, "Ray, are you going to put your patio away every night?"

    July 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat)©

    With all due repect for our President

    Barrack Obama was out jogging one morning along the parkway when he tripped, fell over the bridge railing and landed in the creek below. Before the Secret Service guys could get to him, 3 kids who were fishing pulled him out of the water. He was so grateful he offered the kids whatever they wanted. The first kid said, 'I want to go to Disney World & Barrack said, 'No problem, I'll take you there on Air Force One.' The second kid said, 'I want a new pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes. Barrack said, 'I'll get them for you and even have Michael Jordan sign them.' The third kid said, ' I want a motorized wheelchair with a built in TV and stereo headset.' Barrack was a little perplexed by this and said, 'But you don't look like you're handicapped. The kid said, 'I will be after my dad finds out I saved you from drowning.'

    July 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Awwwwww, jeez...
      When empathy is replaced by partisanship, time to call it a day...

      July 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat (in a hat)©

    And now here's one for the PC police

    Two Arabs are sitting in a Gaza Strip bar chatting over a pint of fermented goat’s milk.

    One pulls his wallet out and starts flipping through pictures and they start reminiscing.

    "This is my oldest son, he’s a martyr."

    "This is my second son. He is a martyr also."

    After a pause and a deep sigh, the second Arab says wistfully,
    "They blow up so fast, don’t they?"

    July 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
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