Disbelief as New York Times Publishes Details on Where Newlywed Ferguson Officer Lives

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Angering fellow journalists and the public alike, The New York Times published details on the residence of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whom a grand jury declined to indict for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The newspaper posted an article Monday on Wilson’s marriage to a fellow Ferguson police officer, Barbara Spradling. Near the end, the article by reporters Julie Bosman and Campbell Robertson specified the street and city where the newlyweds reside.

“Officer Wilson and Officer Spradling own a home together on _______ in _________, Mo., a St. Louis suburb about a __-hour drive from Ferguson,” the article read.

The Daily Signal has removed the street, city and number of hours from the text.

Why would #nytimes @nytimes Reporters: Julie Bosman & Campell Robertson post D Wilson’s home address? To hurt him. pic.twitter.com/UYne2FTe1J

— Texas Aggie (@usmc130) November 26, 2014

When readers concerned for Wilson’s safety expressed outrage toward the Times’ decision to include the information, the newspaper issued a correction:

An earlier version of this post included a photograph that contained information that should not have been made public. The image has been removed.

>>> Is Ferguson Really About Race?

The unedited photo was of the couple’s marriage license.

“The story mentions only the name of the street where the couple have a house and that street has been widely reported on,” Eileen Murphy, the newspaper’s vice president of communications, said in a statement to The Washington Examiner. The Times referred The Daily Signal to the same statement.

Previous reports of the street name, from The Washington Post and CNN, occurred before the grand jury decided not to indict the six-year veteran.

The New York Times’ decision to publish Wilson’s address angered colleagues in the news media, which has a long tradition of shielding crime victims and those not charged with crimes from possible harm.

Longtime media critic Howard Kurtz, host of the Fox News show “MediaBuzz” and former media reporter at The Washington Post, called the move “reckless” and said the newspaper should apologize. Kurtz wrote:

Given the racial animosity unleashed by Brown’s death, given the rioting and the looting and the stores that were set afire, how can a news organization make it easier for some crazy zealot to track down Wilson?

Fox News host and commentator Sean Hannity also weighed in.

“If anything happens to that man, his family or that home, the culpability is with them,” Hannity said of Times editors.

Protests in Ferguson turned violent, including arson and looting, after the grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson was announced Monday evening.

>>> 57 Raw Images of the Ferguson Protests Across the Nation

 

Obama: ‘No Sympathy’ for Those Resorting to Violence Over Ferguson - Daily Signal

Obama: ‘No Sympathy’ for Those Resorting to Violence Over Ferguson

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President Obama last evening appeared to toughen his stance against rioting and looting in the wake of Monday’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., saying he has “no sympathy” for such violence.

“I’ve never seen a civil rights law or a health care bill or an immigration bill result because a car got burned,” Obama said in Chicago, in what appeared to be an aside from prepared remarks.

Instead, the president said, protesters should mobilize and organize to bring about change peacefully and constructively. His comments drew kudos from some conservative commentators, among them Stephen Hayes and Charles Krauthammer.

Obama departed from remarks on immigration to talk about the looting, arson and gunshots that occurred after the announcement that the grand jury would not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, 28, in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18.

>>> Watch:  Is Ferguson Really About Race?

 

EPA Proposes Extreme Air Quality Standards - Daily Signal

EPA Proposes Extreme Air Quality Standards

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just released its proposed new standard on ground-level ozone, which is a component of smog. Every five years, the EPA is required by law to review and, if appropriate, revise these standards. In 2008, the EPA issued an ozone standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb). The new standard proposed by the EPA would decrease that level to 65–70 ppb, though the EPA is still openly considering an even lower standard of 60 ppb. The EPA will use every reason under the sun to explain why this new standard is necessary for public health and safety. But here are a few things to keep in mind as the nation begins to discuss what such a standard could mean.

The National Association of Manufacturers has said a 60 ppb standard would be the costliest regulation in U.S. history. According to a NERA Economic Consulting study conducted for NAM, a 60 ppb standard would:

Congress should not fund the implementation of any new ozone standard and should review the air quality process to protect the health and well-being of Americans. Congress, not this unelected and unaccountable agency, needs to make the decision regarding standards that could have such a devastating impact on the economy.

How the Presidential Turkey Pardon Became a White House Tradition - Daily Signal

How the Presidential Turkey Pardon Became a White House Tradition

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“Let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone’s dinner table, not this guy. He’s granted a presidential pardon as of right now.”

These are the words that officially saved two turkeys in 1989 when President George H.W. Bush began the “presidential turkey pardon” tradition. Although turkeys have been presented to presidents in front cameras since the 1940s, it wasn’t until Bush’s presidential pardon that the tradition stuck.

Here’s a peek into those treasured turkey photo-ops and pardons.

President George H. W. Bush formally pardons the turkey for the first time in 1989. (Photo: George Bush Presidential Library/)

President George H.W. Bush formally pardons the turkey for the first time in 1989. (Photo: U.S. National Archives and Presidential Libraries)

Presentation of a Thanksgiving turkey to John F. Kennedy in 1963.  (Photo: Archives/Kennedy Presidential Library)

Presentation of a Thanksgiving turkey to President John F. Kennedy in 1963. (Photo: Archives/Kennedy Presidential Library)

President Bill Clinton eyes the 1998 National Thanksgiving Day Turkey. (Photo: Pete Souza/Newscom)

President Bill Clinton eyes the 1998 National Thanksgiving Day Turkey. (Photo: Pete Souza/Newscom)

President Reagan receives the Thanksgiving turkey from the National Turkey Federation in 1981. (Photo: Archives/Reagan Presidential Library)

President Ronald Reagan receives the Thanksgiving turkey from the National Turkey Federation in 1981. (Photo: U.S. National Archives and Presidential Libraries)

Gerald R. Ford is presented with a Thanksgiving turkey by the National Turkey Federation in 1975. (Photo:  Ford Presidential Library)

President Gerald R. Ford is presented with a Thanksgiving turkey by the National Turkey Federation in 1975. (Photo: U.S. National Archives and Presidential Libraries)

President Richard Nixon receives a Thanksgiving Turkey a ritual started by Harry Truman in the 1940s. (Photo: Newscom)

President Richard Nixon receives a Thanksgiving turkey, a ritual started by Harry Truman in the 1940s. (Photo: Newscom)

President George W. Bush pets Flyer the turkey in 2006. (Photo: Chuck Kennedy/Newscom)

President George W. Bush pets “Flyer” the turkey in 2006. (Photo: Chuck Kennedy/Newscom)

President Barack Obama pardons a turkey named "Courage" as daughter Sasha looks on. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Obama pardons a turkey named “Courage” as daughter Sasha looks on. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Jimmy Carter's daughters, Rosalynn Carter and Amy Carter,  pardon the turkey in 1978. (Photo: U.S. National Archives and Presidential Libraries)

President Jimmy Carter’s daughters, Rosalynn Carter and Amy Carter, pardon the turkey in 1978. (Photo: U.S. National Archives and Presidential Libraries)

President Dwight D. Eisenhower receives a 43-pound turkey from Perry Browning of Winchester, Ky., president of the National Turkey Federation. Eisenhower holds the book, 'Turkey Management,' which was also presented. (Photo: Archives/Eisenhower Presidential Library)

President Dwight D. Eisenhower receives a 43-pound turkey from Perry Browning of Winchester, Ky., president of the National Turkey Federation. Eisenhower holds the book, “Turkey Management,” which was also presented. (Photo: U.S. National Archives and Presidential Libraries)

Photograph of Franklin D. Roosevelt carving the Thanksgiving turkey. November 20, 1933. (Photo: U.S. National Archives and Presidential Libraries)

Photograph of President Franklin D. Roosevelt carving the Thanksgiving turkey. Nov. 20, 1933. (Photo: U.S. National Archives and Presidential Libraries)

President Harry Truman in 1949. Truman sometimes indicated to reporters that the turkeys he received were destined for the family dinner table. (Photo: U.S. National Archives and Presidential Libraries)

President Harry Truman in 1949. Truman sometimes indicated to reporters that the turkeys he received were destined for the family dinner table. (Photo: U.S. National Archives and Presidential Libraries)

Watch Obama Struggle to Quiet Hecklers Upset About Immigration - Daily Signal

Watch Obama Struggle to Quiet Hecklers Upset About Immigration

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President Obama yesterday struggled to quiet hecklers who claim his executive action on immigration didn’t go far enough.

During a speech Tuesday at Chicago’s Copernicus Center, a group of women interrupted the president to demand that he end all deportations of illegal immigrants.

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“Not one more. Stop deportations,” yelled the initial female heckler, whom the president engaged in a back-and-forth debate that lasted about five minutes.

According to CBS Chicago, another heckler told Obama to “stop blaming Republicans” for the nation’s crumbling immigration system.

In an attempt to make light of the situation, Obama joked, “It’s good to be back in Chicago, ‘cause everybody’s got something to say.”

Would the GOP Benefit From This Woman Running for President? - Daily Signal

Would the GOP Benefit From This Woman Running for President?

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More than 50 percent of the American electorate is made up of women. With Hillary Clinton as the front-runner for Democrats heading into the 2016 presidential campaign, would the GOP benefit from a high-profile conservative woman throwing her hat into the ring?

According to a story in today’s Washington Post, former Hewlett Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina may be considering just that.

It’s likely to be a crowded field, but Fiorina could certainly stand out, and not just because she’s a woman.

As I found out when I interviewed her about her super PAC earlier this year, Fiorina doesn’t mince words. She called the war on women strategy often employed by Democrats “shameless, baseless propaganda” and expressed strong conservative positions on both economic and social issues.

14 Things to Be Thankful for in 2014 - Daily Signal

14 Things to Be Thankful for in 2014

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Polls in recent months show Americans in a foul mood when it comes to the economy, their personal finances and the general direction of the nation.

Most Americans think the great American Dream – the idea that our children will achieve a standard of living higher than our own – is dead. Others say that the environment is on a crash course with planetary devastation due to global warming.  And if that doesn’t do us in, the deadly virus Ebola is wreaking havoc across parts of the Third World.

Not a lot to be thankful for.

Or is there?

Thanksgiving is a time to cast aside the gloom and pessimism and look to the things that have gone right in the last year. It turns out there are lots of things going right in America today. I always challenge college and high school kids: When was there a better time to be alive than today? And what country would you rather live in than the United States?  Only a fool who knows nothing about the past would say that things were better 25 or 50 or 100 years ago than now.

So here are my 14 reasons to give thanks in 2014.

1. You are likely to live a longer and healthier life than any other generation. Life expectancy in the United States rose by close to another year in just the last five reported years and has hit a new high of 78.8 years in 2012 (the latest year available). Death in childhood or even as a young adult is rarer than ever.  In the last 100 years Americans have miraculously tacked on almost 25 years of additional life. We are living healthier at every age. Sixty is the new 40.

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2. We are making progress in the race to discover cures for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease and other destructive diseases. For example, data from the National Cancer Institute show the 5-year relative survival rate from most forms of cancer was the highest it has ever been over the most recent period (2004-2010). The age-weighted death rate from heart disease has been more than cut in half in less than 30 years.

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3. Ebola has been contained. No, we are not all going to die from this killer virus.  Medical researchers now report that a vaccine for Ebola may become available by the end of year – potentially eradicating the disease forever.

4. The stock market is on a wild upward ride making us all wealthier.  Stocks hit another all-time high in late October. Trillions of dollars of new wealth have been created since the lows of the Great Recession. These gains benefit far more than just the “wealthy” few, since nearly half of Americans own stock directly or through pension and 401k plans. Valuations have nearly tripled since the March 2009 stock market lows.

5. America is within sights of becoming energy independent.  Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is nearly dead. The shale oil and gas boom has increased U.S. Energy production by 50 percent in the last six years. We are now the largest producer of natural gas in the world (so sorry, Vladimir Putin) and we will soon be the largest oil producer.   By 2020 the U.S. will be the world’s dominant energy player.

6. Gas prices have fallen to below $3 a gallon in most states.  This Thanksgiving the pump price will be lower than at anytime since late 2010. Fill ‘er up!

7. Flying and driving in the United States are safer now than at anytime in history. Visiting grandma this Thanksgiving?  Highway death rates over the past five years (deaths per million miles traveled) is at an all-time low. No major U.S. airlines experienced a crash in the last 12 months despite billions of passengers traveling.

8. Your laptop or tablet computer has more computing power than every computer used by all countries in World War II. You have more information at your fingertips than you would if you had all the books in the Library of Congress.

9. Violent crime rates in the U.S. have fallen to their lowest levels in at least 40 years.  The streets in America are safer overall than at any time in recent history.

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10. The planet is not warming, according to trend-lines based on Remote Sensing Systems satellite data over the past 18 years ending in September 2014. And across the United States, temperatures overall are little changed from 30 years ago. Also, there were no major North American hurricanes in 2014.  The climate change alarmists and their prediction models have been dead wrong about a catastrophic warming trend. Look for them to pivot back to their 1970s primal scream about a second ice age coming.

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11. America has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions more than any other nation in the last six years. That’s because we are burning more natural gas and less coal.

12. America is still by far the No.1 desired destination nation for the world’s immigrants. We take in about 1 million immigrants each year. These freedom seekers still see America as the greatest land of opportunity.

13. The Google car is right around the corner—if bureaucrats get out of the way. Very soon, smart, driverless cars may take you anywhere you want to go, whenever you want to go, at a fraction of the cost of owning or leasing a car. And by the way, “smart cars” will be safer too!

14. Last but not least: Fat is good for you, after all. So while you give prayers of gratitude this Thanksgiving, eat up. Smother that bird with grease and gravy and buttered mashed potatoes and all the fixings. No need to feel guilty–just be happy to be alive in America at this amazing point in time on earth.

A shorter version of this was published on FoxNews.com originally. 

Many Faiths, Common View on Marriage: Men and Women Are Created for Each Other - Daily Signal

Many Faiths, Common View on Marriage: Men and Women Are Created for Each Other

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As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I’m particularly thankful for marriage—both on a personal level and for the critical role it plays in society. Today, my parents will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. And last week, I was able to join hundreds from around the world at an International Interfaith Colloquium hosted by Pope Francis at the Vatican on the complementarity of man and woman.

The Vatican conference brought together speakers from more or less every faith tradition on the face of the earth: Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Taoist. The speakers hailed from 23 different countries, representing all the continents that are inhabited by man. While the speakers came from many different faiths, they all shared a common view: that men and women are created for each other. The speeches and videos were amazing, and I encourage you to check them out. Here I just want to highlight five presentations:

Pope Francis opened the symposium by noting that “children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother.” He also spoke of an ecological crisis of culture and urged participants to care for their social environments: “The crisis in the family has produced an ecological crisis, for social environments, like natural environments, need protection.” Cardinal Gerhard Muller echoed Pope Francis, saying that “children have a natural, inherent right to a father and a mother to live with them.” This gets it just right: marriage unites a man and a woman as husband and wife so that children may have the love of their mother and father.

Jackie Rivers, a Doctoral Fellow in African and African-American Studies at Harvard University (where she received her Ph.D.), argued that “black children have suffered the most as a result of the decline of marriage in the black community.” She went on to add that:

The deleterious effects of being raised in single-headed households have been well documented. Children growing up in female-headed households experience higher rates of poverty. These children underperform in school: they earn lower scores on verbal and math achievement tests and lower grades in their courses. They have more behavioral problems, and higher rates of chronic health and psychiatric disorders. Adolescents and young adults raised without stable families experience elevated risks of teenage childbearing, of dropping out of high school, of being incarcerated, and of being idle (being neither employed nor in school).

And she noted that the current efforts to redefine marriage will only make matters worse: “The unavoidable message is a profoundly false and damaging one: that children do not need a mother and a father in a permanent complementary bond.”

She also chided those taking the mantle of the Civil Rights Movement: “Those who promote what they call marriage equality have unjustly appropriated the language and the mantle of the black struggle in the United States, the Civil Rights Movement. But there can be no equivalence between blacks’ experience of slavery and oppression and the circumstances of homosexuals.”

Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, delivered stirring remarks on the importance of marriage as a natural institution of public importance:

We come from different countries, sometimes with tensions between those countries. We hold to different religions, sometimes with great divergences there on what we believe about God and about the meaning of life. But all of us in this room share at least one thing in common. We did not spring into existence out of nothing, but each one of us can trace his or her origins back to a man and a woman, a mother and a father.

We recognize that marriage and family is a matter of public importance, not just of our various theological and ecclesial distinctive communities, since marriage is embedded in the creation order and is the means of human flourishing, not just the arena of individual human desires and appetites. We recognize that marriage, and the sexual difference on which it is built, is grounded in a natural order bearing rights and responsibilities that was not crafted by any human state, and cannot thus be redefined by any human state.

Moore went on to explain that in “the wake of the disappointment sexual libertarianism brings, there must be a new word about more permanent things, such as the joy of marriage as a permanent, conjugal, one-flesh reality between a man and woman.” He concluded that “we will not capitulate on these issues because we cannot.”

Rick Warren, the famous pastor of Saddleback Church, urged the audience to bear witness to the truth: “A lie doesn’t become a truth and wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s popular. Truth is truth.” Indeed, promoting truth is the only way to be perennially relevant: “No revolution will last, including the sexual revolution…every lie eventually crumbles under its own deception.”

Warren had little patience for “right side of history” argument, saying “it isn’t necessary to be on the side of culture—it’s not even necessary to be on the right side of history, it’s just important to be on the right side.”

And the right side is not settled by majority vote: “The dustbins of history are stuffed with conventional wisdom of cultures that proved false, and truth is not decided by a popularity contest.”


Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the UK, delivered perhaps the most captivating talk of the entire conference. He focused on the revolutionary idea of people being made in the image of God, and what it means for families:

That is what makes the first chapter of Genesis so revolutionary with its statement that every human being, regardless of class, color, culture or creed, is in the image and likeness of God himself. We know that in the ancient world it was rulers, kings, emperors and pharaohs who were held to be in the image of God. So what Genesis was saying was that we are all royalty. We each have equal dignity in the kingdom of faith under the sovereignty of God. From this it follows that we each have an equal right to form a marriage and have children.

Sacks also pointed to “a deep connection between monotheism and monogamy, just as there is, in the opposite direction, between idolatry and adultery.” He continued:

Monotheism and monogamy are about the all-embracing relationship between I and Thou, myself and one other, be it a human, or the divine, Other. …From monogamy the rich and powerful lose and the poor and powerless gain. So the return of monogamy goes against the normal grain of social change and was a real triumph for the equal dignity of all. Every bride and every groom are royalty; every home a palace when furnished with love.

But what happens when marriage and family breaks down? Sacks points to the statistics of his own country, where roughly half of all children are born outside of marriage, over 40 percent of marriages end in divorce, and the average length of cohabitation is less than two years:

The result is a sharp increase among young people of eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, stress related syndromes, depression and actual and attempted suicides. The collapse of marriage has created a new form of poverty concentrated among single parent families, and of these, the main burden is born by women, who in 2011 headed 92 per cent of single parent households. In Britain today more than a million children will grow up with no contact whatsoever with their fathers.

This is creating a divide within societies the like of which has not been seen since Disraeli spoke of “two nations” a century and a half ago. Those who are privileged to grow up in stable loving association with the two people who brought them into being will, on average, be healthier physically and emotionally. They will do better at school and at work. They will have more successful relationships, be happier and live longer.

And yes, there are many exceptions. But the injustice of it all cries out to heaven. It will go down in history as one of the tragic instances of what Friedrich Hayek called “the fatal conceit” that somehow we know better than the wisdom of the ages, and can defy the lessons of biology and history.

Rabbi Sacks is correct. The injustice of it all cries out to heaven. This Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for our families, and for those, such as the speakers at the Humanum Colloquium, working to strengthen families everywhere.

Don’t Force People to Work on Thanksgiving. Shop the Sales Later. - Daily Signal

Don’t Force People to Work on Thanksgiving. Shop the Sales Later.

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No one needs to be able to buy a big-screen TV on Thanksgiving.

That once seemed like a truth universally agreed upon. Sure, we kept the grocery stores open for part of the day for quick runs for forgotten ingredients, and we kept the airports open so people could fly home to their families. But not much else.

Talk about a bygone era. In recent years, the number of retail chains, including Target, Walmart, Macy’s, Best Buy and Toys R Us, open on Thanksgiving has grown rapidly.

There has been some push back from other retailers. Home Depot, Barnes & Noble, Hobby Lobby and Costco won’t be open. “We believe (our employees) deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving Day with their family,” a Costco executive explained to The New York Times.

That’s something all employees deserve, but particularly retail employees, many of whom work for minimum wage or slightly above. The hours you work in retail are unpredictable, and if your friends and family also work retail, it’s hard to find a time when no one is at work. (Remember: Virtually no one gets weekends off in retail.) Thanksgiving used to be one of the few holidays retail workers could count on.

Furthermore, it’s not clear that employees are getting to “opt in” to working Thanksgiving — which admittedly some might want to, given that many retailers are paying time-and-a-half. Take the example of Kmart, which will open at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving. Jillian Fisher, the daughter of a Kmart employee, is behind a petition on coworker.org “asking Kmart to … (allow) employees to request Thanksgiving Day off and to rely only on volunteer(s).”

According to Fisher, one Kmart employee reported, “Our manager stated at a staff meeting: ‘Everyone must work Thanksgiving and Black Friday. No time off.'” Kmart told liberal blog ThinkProgress, which reported on Fisher’s efforts, “Our stores do their very best to staff with seasonal associates and those who volunteer to work holidays.”

In other words, even Kmart isn’t willing to say that all employees are voluntarily working Thanksgiving.

But let’s forget the retailers. Consumers could fight back by not shopping on Thanksgiving. And that’s what we should do — if we care about our fellow Americans and preserving our communities.

After all, the holidays are a time to remember and take care of each other. Sometimes being a good community member means helping others financially or taking time to pitch in with a difficult task. But sometimes it means other sacrifices, including our own convenience.

Sure, some of us might want to buy that big-screen TV at 50 percent off on Thanksgiving afternoon. But let’s help a brother (and a sister) out. Wait until Black Friday.

Originally published in USA Today.

Democrats Failed Middle Class in Passing Obamacare, Top Senator Says - Daily Signal

Democrats Failed Middle Class in Passing Obamacare, Top Senator Says

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Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., bucking the White House and the party line, said in a speech yesterday that Democrats were wrong to focus on and pass the Affordable Care Act in 2010 — when Americans were crying out for a fix for the stagnant economy.

Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said in an address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that his party misdirected its efforts by concentrating on health care reform when middle class Americans wanted government to work to end the recession and create jobs.

“When Democrats focused on health care, the average middle-class person thought, ‘The Democrats aren’t paying enough attention to me,’ ” Schumer said.

The New York Democrat emphasized his support for Obamacare, but said that before its passage, only 5 percent of registered voters lacked health insurance. The Affordable Care Act passed the House and Senate without a single Republican vote.

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