Sick presidents: Constitutional crises narrowly averted, website says

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Washington had recurrent bouts of malaria. A migrating bullet caused Andrew Jackson so much discomfort, it was finally removed without anesthesia. Teddy Roosevelt had such bad myopia, he didn’t recognize his own kids without his glasses. Reagan had chronic hay fever.

No matter how common or rare the presidential malady, you’ll find it compiled on Dr. Zebra’s website. Doctor who? A self-proclaimed doctor (real name unknown) who has chronicled “the heavy burden of disease that has afflicted our presidents” because “the problem of presidential illness needs wider discussion.” Continue reading

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George H.W. Bush tweets

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@GeorgeHWBush

George H.W. Bush, who was not well enough to join the Presidents Club (Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter) at the memorial in South Africa on Tuesday for Nelson Mandela, instead joined Twitter to offer his condolences.

As of Tuesday evening, @GeorgeHWBush already had more than 34,000 followers.

The 89-year-old is a conservative when it comes to following others on Twitter. He’s sticking to family: his sons Neil and Jeb and daughter-in-law Laura.

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ObamaCare’s hidden marriage penalty …

Childless couples and empty nesters would pay more under ObamaCare, Garance Franke-Ruka writes in The Atlantic. When she looked at eligibility “for subsidies through the exchanges in New York state  — where insurance is comparatively expensive and the state exchange was set up in such a way as to not provide lower rates for younger people” — she found that a family of two that earns more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level — $62,040 — doesn’t qualify. “But if that same couple lived together unmarried, they could earn up to $45,960 each — $91,920″ — and be eligible. Continue reading
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