Special Report Grapevine
Slow Day At The Office: A worker at an Obamacare processing center says he and his co-workers are being paid to do nothing. Nice work if you can get it. The whistleblower-- who has not been named-- tells a Saint Louis TV station that sometimes weeks pass without a single paper application coming in, quote "Their goals are set to process two applications per month and some people are not even able to do that. They're told to sit at their computers and hit the refresh button every 10 minutes to hopefully look for an application."
The center is run by Serco, a company given a one-point-two billion dollar contract to hire workers to process Obamacare applications. The whistleblower alleges Serco is paid based on how many people it employs-- so it keeps on hiring-- despite a lack of work. The centers for Medicare and Medicaid services issued a statement saying Serco's funding and staff are reviewed routinely.
Murder She Wrote: Monday, we told you about Daily Beast columnist Eleanor Clift's assertion that US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was not murdered in Benghazi after all. Not surprisingly-- lots of people had a problem with her definition of murder, but Clift is not backing down. Yesterday she talked to Newsmax and stood by her claims. "I was taking issue with the sort of glib use of the word murdered. My point is that it was a very chaotic event," Clift explained. The host asked, "how would you describe his death? The way the word has been tossed around I think leaves a different image in people's minds. When you tell most people how the ambassador died they appear not to have understood what happened."
She said she made those comments to add a little bit of complexity to the conversation, but a lot of people still find her explanation perplexing.
One person tweeted—"Dear Eleanor Clift -- a smoke inhalation death resulting from arson is indeed murder. Don't give truthers easy layups."
CAT-astrophic: And finally, a leak that shut down the nation's only permanent nuclear waste dump--may have been caused by switching kitty litter. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico uses litter to absorb liquid waste. A scientist who used to work for the project tells a Carlsbad newspaper he believes a switch to organic kitty litter caused a chemical reaction that released the radiation. He claims the switch should never have been made without testing it first. 21 workers tested positive for radiation and the facility is shut down indefinitely. The energy department says it is looking into all possible causes of the leak.