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Getting Government Out Of Marriage Is A Fantasy, Not A Solution

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The Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality seems to have revived an idea that has been mentioned before, but as it has always been, the idea of “getting government out of marriage” is little more than a simplistic slogan.

Chris Christie Enters The Race For President A Diminished Candidate With A Tough Road Ahead

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Chris Christie is in the race for the Republican nomination, but it’s tough to see how he has a plausible path to relevance.

Chelsea Clinton And Privilege

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When you’re being paid $65,000 to speak for less than an hour, you’re pretty much the poster child for privilege.

The Politics Of Obamacare After King v. Burwell

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In the wake of the latest Supreme Court decision, the Affordable Care Act seems to have become even more firmly established than it was before last week, and the prospect of repeal has become even less likely.

Supreme Court Agrees To Wade Back Into The Affirmative Action Debate

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The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to wade back into the thorny issue of race and higher education.

NBC To Donald Trump: You’re Fired

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Following up on the disputes with Univision that arose in the wake of Donald Trump’s derogatory comments toward Mexican immigrants, NBC Universal has cut its ties with Donald Trump: Amid mounting public pressure, NBCUniversal announced Monday that it will cut business ties with Donald Trump due to “recent derogatory statements” the Republican presidential hopeful made […]

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Death Penalty

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The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the way the death penalty is administered, dealing a serious blow to opponents of the death penalty.

Supreme Court Approves States Outsourcing Redistricting to Commissions

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SCOTUS has upheld the use of election commissions to draw Congressional district lines.

A Look At The Remaining Legal Challenges To Obamacare

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There are still legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act pending after King v. Burwell, but they aren’t quite as substantial as what we’ve seen over the last five years.

Texas Attorney General Tells Clerks They Can Ignore The Constitution If They Want To

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The Attorney General of Texas is responding to the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling by telling Clerk’s who issue marriage license that they are free to ignore the law.

A New Era for Conservatives?

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The events of the past two weeks could allow the Republican Party to move forward.

John Kaisch To Enter Presidential Race In Late July

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In an ordinary year, Ohio Governor John Kasich seems like he’d be a perfect candidate for Republicans in an era when winning the Buckeye State is essential to winning the White House. But things are far from ordinary in the GOP.

The Law of the Land is the Law of the Land

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There’s a lot of pandering and outright nonsense in the wake of the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage.

Greek Banks To Remain Closed Monday As Debt Negotiations Head To The Wire

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The Greek Government is basically shutting the banking system down tomorrow as negotiations over its debt problems continue.

Politinerds: Matt K. Lewis On Bill Maher, Charleston, And A Poisonous Political Media Culture

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Our guest this week on Politinerds was Daily Caller columnist and media personality Matt K. Lewis. We talk about Matt’s experience on last week’s Real Time with Bill Maher during which he and the Daily Caller were blamed for the Charleston murders (no I am not making that up). We also get into a broader […]

Donald Trump: ‘I’m For Traditional Marriage’

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With little sense that he appreciated the irony, Donald Trump told Jake Tapper this morning that he supports “traditional marriage”: GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he opposes gay marriage, and defended his own history of having been divorced twice. On CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Jake Tapper […]

Virginia Republicans Step Back From The Brink Of Insanity, Pick 2016 Primary Over Convention

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It was a close vote, but Virginia’s Republican leaders did the smart thing yesterday in picking a primary over a convention in 2016.

The Supreme Court as Sitting Constitutional Convention

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Debating the proper role of the judiciary.

Metro Photos

And now for a deviation from battle flags and SCOTUS rulings. I was recently in DC for a few days and here are some photos I took in DC Metro stations. I always find the combination of architecture, geometry, and lighting to provide for some interesting photographic opportunities.

Moore Prepares for Battle

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In week a that has seen discussion of lost causes, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Surpreme Court appears poised to fight one last battle.

On Constitutional Language

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Wherein I take the view that as our understanding of language changes, so too does our application of the Constiution.

The Confederate Flag Has Always Been About Hate, Not “Heritage”

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The people who continue to claim that the Confederate Flag is about anything other than hatred, racism, and a nation that celebrated slavery are lying to you and to themselves.

Pro-Battle Flag Rally in Montgomery

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Via WSFA:   Rally held at Alabama Capitol to protest removal of Confederate flags According to the Sons of the Confederacy, the rally is to send a message that the Confederate flag is about heritage, not hate. I am really tired of that formulation.  What specific heritage?  Fighting a war to preserve slavery?  A symbol […]

Roberts Blackmail Plot!

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Wayne Root, former Libertarian VP candidate asked a provocative question:  Was Supreme Court Justice John Roberts Blackmailed? His concern:  Roberts’ vote in the PPACA cases. His evidence? Doubt me? On the same day that Justice Roberts and the Supremes upheld Obamacare – again – the key IRS watchdog reported to Congress that the IRS purposely […]

Protester Removes Confederate Flag At South Carolina Capitol

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Good for her.

It’s Now Illegal For Some Adults In Hawaii To Buy Tobacco

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If you’re under 21 in Hawaii, you’re still technically an adult but you can’t buy tobacco.

Andrew Sullivan on Gay Marriage Ruling

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Andrew Sullivan, perhaps the man most responsible for putting the notion of marriage equality into the national debate, has come out of his blogging retirement to weigh in on yesterday’s historic ruling.

Republican Candidates Respond To Obergefell About As Expected

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The reaction of many of the GOP candidates to the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is about what you’d expect, but there are a few interesting surprises.

California May Be About To Eliminate Most Exemptions For Mandatory Vaccination

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A proposed California law would require all students who attend public school to be vaccinated, with limited exemptions for medical reasons.

From Loving, To Windsor, To Obergefell, Liberty And Equality Prevail At The Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court has issued a ruling whose roots can be found in case law going back half a century.

Supreme Court Rules Constitution Guarantees Gay Marriage

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The US Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution contains a right to same-sex marriage.

How Seriously Should We Take The Polls Showing Bernie Sanders Surging?

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Bernie Sanders is closing in the polls, but it still seems as though it doesn’t mean as much as some political pundits will try to tell you it does.

America’s Changing Demographics

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The latest Census data show a changing America.

Idiot Congressman Wants to Force Supreme Court Justices into ObamaCare Exchanges

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A Congressman wants to force Supreme Court Justices to get their health care through the ObamaCare exchange.

Univision Breaks Ties With Donald Trump Over His Comments About ‘Mexican Rapists’

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Donald Trump’s comments about Mexicans during his announcement speech last week are having financial repercussions: Univision is canceling its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, an event partially owned by Donald Trump, to protest Trump’s offensive remarks about Mexicans. Furthermore, Univision says it is severing all other business ties to Trump. Univision is the biggest […]

Silly Legislative Tricks

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Via The Hill:  House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would make all nine justices and their employees join the national healthcare law’s exchanges. […] Babin’s potential legislation would only let the federal government provide healthcare to the Supreme Court and its […]

Jim Webb Defends The Confederate Flag

Sen. Jim Webb talks to CNN's John King about the political conflict in Libya.

If Jim Webb runs for President, he will be the only candidate in either party who is on record defending the Confederate Battle Flag. And he’s thinking of running as a Democrat.

Jon Stewart’s Flagdance

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Jon Stewart weighs in on the Confederate Flag controversy as only he can: The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive I’m really, really gonna miss him when he’s gone.

Donald Trump Is Surging In Yet Another Poll

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Republicans aren’t going to like this one.

Why Does This Town’s Logo Look Like A White Guy Choking A Native American?

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Things that make you go hmmmm…..

Google Comes to Bama

While the state continues to deal with its past, the future looms as well. Via CNBC:  Google makes a big bet on… Alabama? The Internet and technology giant plans to build a new data center in the state at the site of a former coal-fired power plant. In a blog post Wednesday, Google said the […]

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies In 6-3 Vote

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The era of legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act is over.

Confederate Flags Removed from Alabama Capitol Grounds

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Via WSFA:   Confederate flags removed from Alabama Capitol grounds Alabama Governor Robert Bentley ordered the removal of all Confederate flags from the Confederate Memorial Monument that stands on the grounds of the state Capitol, making him the first Southern governor to completely remove the flag from the state capitol. The four flags (three national flags […]

Economy Not As Bad In First Quarter As Initially Feared

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The final revision to Gross Domestic Product for the first three months of the year showed that the economy did indeed shrink, but at a slower rate than reported in earlier reports: While nothing to brag about, the economy’s performance in early 2015 was not quite as bad as the number-crunchers in Washington had thought. […]

Gun Control Is No More Likely After Charleston Than It Was Before

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Political reality shows us that the shootings in Charleston are not going to have any appreciable impact on the likelihood of any type of gun control law passing anywhere outside of the bluest of the blue states.

Why a Record Number of Republicans Are Running in 2016

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Matthew Dickinson takes a stab at explaining “Why So Many Republicans Are Running in 2016.”

Changes To U.S. Hostage Policies Are Less Than Meets The Eye

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The Administration announced changes to the way the government handles hostage situations, but it really doesn’t amount to much.

New Report Indicates Pete Rose Bet As A Player, And Lied About It

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Pete Rose’s efforts at rehabilitation may have just been fatally injured.

Donald Trump Convinces Jon Stewart To Stick Around

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Jon Stewart almost quit The Daily Show early, but Donald Trump convinced him to stick around: The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Apologizes For Boston Marathon Bombing, Is Sentenced To Die Anyway

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in public for what is likely the last time in his life, apologized for the crimes he committed, and was unsurprisingly sentenced to death by a Federal Judge.

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