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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.

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

It’s Time To End The Cuba Travel Ban

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It’s easier for an American citizen to go to Iran or North Korea than it is for them to go to Cuba, That’s insane.

The Politics Of King v. Burwell

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As early as tomorrow, the Supreme Court could issue its ruling in the latest Obamacare case. Depending on the ruling, Republicans could find themselves in a political firestorm.

Congress Rebukes Obama On Trade, And Thus The Lame Duck Era Begins

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House Democrats defied President Obama on an important trade deal today, thus arguably marking the official beginning of his lame duck status.

Obama And Republicans Battle As Both Sides Await Another Obamacare Decision

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Before the end of the month, the Supreme Court could issue a ruling that ends subsidies for the vast majority of people who bought insurance under the PPACA, and the political battles are already starting.

Supreme Court Slaps Back Congress In Jerusalem Passport Case

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In a case that took seven months to decide, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Presidency’s broad authority in foreign affairs, and inserted itself just a little bit in the thorny politics of the Middle East.

Most Americans, Including Republicans, Support A Path To Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants

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Yet another poll shows that most Americans support a path to citizenship, and that a majority of Republican agree with them.

More Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Dennis Hastert

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted last week on charges involving currency transaction that were later revealed to be related to charges of sexual abuse when he was a high school teacher and coach, is now being accused of abusing another minor in a case apparently unrelated to last weeks’ charges: A woman […]

Senate Renews, Modifies, Patriot Act

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The Senate passed a bill that renews, and modifies, the Patriot Act

Patriot Act Lapses, Civilization Still Stands

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Many provisions of the Patriot Act lapsed at midnight, but apparently the world hasn’t ended.

With Hours Left, The Fate Of The PATRIOT Act Remains Uncertain

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The Senate returns tomorrow to try to pass an extension of the PATRIOT Act before it expires, but it may not be able to do so.

Senate Fails To Pass PATRIOT Act Renewal

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The Senate went home last night without passing a bill to renew the PATRIOT Act, which expires at the end of the month.

Congressman Steny Hoyer Thinks Congress Needs A Pay Raise

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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer suggests that his fellow Congressmen and Senators are underpaid at $174,000 per year.

Rand Paul Holds The Senate Floor To Talk About PATRIOT Act Renewal, Civil Liberties

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Rand Paul held the Senate floor for nearly twelve hours yesterday to talk about the PATRIOT Act, but it’s unclear if he accomplished anything.

House Passes Bill To Restrict N.S.A. Data Mining

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The House has passed a bill that would place real restrictions on the National Security Agency’s data mining program. Now, it moves to the Senate.

Russ Feingold Is Running For Senate Again

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Former Senator Russ Feingold announced today that he is seeking to return to the Senate with a rematch against the man who beat him in the Repubican wave election in 2010: Democrat Russ Feingold announced Thursday morning his long-expected bid to win back his US Senate seat from Ron Johnson, the Republican who defeated him […]

House Republicans Pass Unconstitutional, Doomed, Pandering Abortion Bill

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As expected, the Republican-controlled House passed a bill that would ban most abortions after twenty weeks. It also happens to be completely unconstitutional and has no chance of actually becoming law.

Jeb Bush To Skip Pointless Iowa Straw Poll

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Jeb Bush will not participate in this year’s version of the Iowa Straw Poll.

House Benghazi Investigation Seems More Concerned With 2016 Than Investigating Anything

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Not surprisingly, the House Committee re-investigating the Benghazi attack seems more concerned with scoring political points than fact-finding.

Darrell Issa: America’s Poor Have It Pretty Good, Actually

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Congressman Darrell Issa says that America’s poor are generally better off than the poor in the rest of the world. While he’s correct, he’s also incredibly tone deaf.

House Republicans Set To Sacrifice Limited Government On The Altar Of Abortion Politics

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House Republicans are set to vote on a bill banning abortion in almost all cases after twenty weeks. What they can’t do is explain where the Constitution gives Congress the power to do this.

James Clapper Tells Congress He Testified Falsely Because, ‘I Forgot’

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Director of National Intelligence now tells Congress that he testified falsely about NSA spying because he forgot the program existed.

Pentagon Paid N.F.L. For Tributes To Troops

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The tributes to the troops you see during N.F.L. games were most likely bought and paid for with your tax dollars.

Appeals Court Rules N.S.A. Data Mining Illegal

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A Federal Appeals Court has ruled that the N.S.A.’s data mining program is illegal, but its ruling may not have a very big impact.

Former House Speaker Jim Wright Dead At 92

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Jim Wright, a Texas Democrat who served for thirty-six years in the House of Representatives and ultimately rose to become Speaker Of The House after Tip O’Neill retired only to be forced to resign amid an ethics scandal, has died at the age of 92: Jim Wright, a hard-driving 18-term Texas Democrat who, as speaker […]

Republicans Are Talking About Eliminating Birthright Citizenship Again

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Republicans on Capitol Hill are talking about fundamentally changing what it means to be an American, and it’s a bad idea.

John Boehner Admits That Congress Lacks The Votes To Stop A Nuclear Deal With Iran

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Congress can’t really do anything to stop a nuclear deal with Iran, and John Boehner knows it.

Republicans Largely Out of Step With The Rest Of America On ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

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Another poll shows that Republicans are largely out of step with public opinion on the question of whether businesses should be free to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings.

Ted Cruz And Steve King Are Attacking The Rule Of Law In Defense Of “Traditional Marriage”

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Ted Cruz and Steve King think the Court should be prevented from hearing any case involving same-sex marriage. Because they know they’re losing.

Senate Republicans Preparing To Fix Obamacare If SCOTUS Strikes Down Subsidies

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Senate Republicans are working on legislation to fix the PPACA’s subsidies if the Supreme Court rules against the Federal Government in June.

After Railing Against Loretta Lynch, Ted Cruz Misses The Vote On Her Confirmation

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For months, Ted Cruz said the nomination of Loretta Lynch must be blocked. Then, he failed to show up when the Senate voted on her nomination.

Loretta Lynch Confirmed As 83rd Attorney General Of The United States

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After waiting 166 days since President Obama first appointed her to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General, Loretta Lynch has been confirmed as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States: The Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. attorney general on Thursday, ending months of acrimonious debate and installing a black woman as […]

House Benghazi Committee Won’t Release A Report Until 2016

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Not surprisingly, the Select Committee established by House Republicans to investigate something that has already been investigated multiple times, will be in operation well into the Presidential Election season.

Senate Deal On Human Trafficking Bill Paves Way For Vote On Loretta Lynch Nomination

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A deal on the human trafficking bill that has been pending in the Senate for the better part of a month appears to have opened the door to a final vote on Loretta Lynch’s nomination as Attorney General: WASHINGTON — After weeks of difficult negotiations, the Senate on Tuesday reached an agreement on a bill […]

Joe Manchin Will Not Run For West Virginia Governor

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After flirting with the idea on several occasions, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has announced that he will not run for Governor of West Virginia and will run for re-election to the Senate: Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced Sunday that he won’t run for governor next year and instead plans to seek reelection […]

Have Republicans Given Up In The Fight Against Obamacare?

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Five years after it became law, the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act appears to be over.

161 Days Later, The Senate Still Hasn’t Voted On Loretta Lynch’s Nomination

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The confirmation of a new Attorney General has been held up nearly six months for what amounts to no legitimate reason.

Russ Feingold Leading Ron Johnson In New Wisconsin Senate Poll

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A new Marquette University poll suggests that former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold would be in a very good position to win his seat back if he chose to run against Republican Senator Ron Johnson: A new poll finds former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) beating Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) by double digits in the 2016 race […]

White House And Congress Reach Compromise On Review Of Iran Nuclear Deal

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After months of resistance, the White House will allow Congressional review of any deal with Iran, but it may not hamper negotiations much in the end.

Sen. Tom Cotton Thinks War Against Iran Would Be Easy And Painless

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One freshman Senator seems to think that war with Iran would be easy, just like Republicans used to think that war against Iraq would be easy.

Will Democrats Help Scuttle Obama’s Iran Deal?

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Democrats like New York Senator Chuck Schumer could end up being the ones that scuttle the Iranian nuclear deal.

John McCain To Run For Sixth Term

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Arizona Senator John McCain announced last night that he will run for a sixth term in the Senate: Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) announced late Monday night that he will seek a sixth term in the U.S. Senate, acknowledging that he may face a primary challenge from the right but insisting he’s up to the […]

Reactions To Iran Nuclear Deal About What You’d Expect

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The Iranian nuclear accords are barely 24 hours old and some people have already made up their mind about them.

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez Indicted On Corruption Charges

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As expected, New Jersey’s senior Senator has been indicted.

Citing Fifth Amendment, Justice Department Declines To Prosecute Lois Lerner For Contempt

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The Justice Department will not pursue contempt charges against Lois Lerner because it has determined that she did not waive her rights under the Fifth Amendment.

Harry Reid Doesn’t Regret Spreading False Charges About Mitt Romney’s Taxes

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Harry Reid made outlandish claims about Mitt Romney during the 2012 election. He probably knew they were lies when he made them. And he doesn’t care.

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