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On Monday at 2 pm, The American Spectator hosted a tweet-up with Nansen Malin, who currently works as the Washington State Director for Americans for Prosperity. She has held prominent positions in Washington State politics and nationally is one of the most followed conservatives on Twitter, with over 600,000 followers.
Here’s what we learned from our Twitter discussion with @nansen about what the Affordable Care Act means for Americans.
Less access, longer waits:
Jeff Sessions promised to filibuster and Republican support was slow to emerge, leading columnists like Marc Thiessen to wonder if the Ryan-Murray murmur of a budget deal might die in the Senate. Not even close:
Twelve Senate Republicans joined all 55 Democrats and Independents on Tuesday to advance the bipartisan budget deal approved in a landslide House vote last week. President Obama also supports the measure.
The list of the Republican aisle-crossers contains the usual suspects along with a couple surprises:
On Monday night (at the urging of my roomie Christopher) I saw a sneak preview of Inside Llewyn Davis which opens up nationwide on Friday. Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Oscar Isaac in the title role, is a fictional account of the folk music scene in Greenwich Village circa 1961.
If you are having a miserable day then I would advise against seeing Inside Llewyn Davis because you will leave the theater feeling much worse than when you came in. But what can one expect from the Coen Brothers who also brought you No Country for Old Men?
Yesterday United States District Judge Richard Leon found that the NSA’s collection of telephone records is likely unconstitutional.
As Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) told reporters, “It is an astounding day when a federal judge says a government surveillance practice would leave James Madison aghast […] The idea of collecting all these phone records is not inoffensive data collection as some of the proponents have said. It is digital surveillance."
This is big news on the heels of 60 Minutes NSA hagiography.
We’re moving in the right direction. A federal court outright rejected a NATIONAL SECURITY DIRECTIVE [!!!] to gather information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from, and within the United States. Simply put, this is an important reminder that “big government doesn’t just make you buy health care, etc.” So where to from here?
After a long and brilliant career, Phyllis Schlafly has taken a terribly wrong turn.
Throughout her career she has accomplished so much good. But today, she stands firmly on the side of a huge, unfettered, unconstitutional federal leviathan, along with the icon of the pro-abortion movement, the late Chief Justice Warren Burger.
It makes sense that someone like Burger, who gave us Roe v. Wade, might oppose efforts to restrain a corrupt federal government. However, Schlafly’s opposition is a baffling deviation from her lifetime of activism. Based on a single letter from this activist justice, Phyllis Schlafly stands against the American people and their right and obligation to act to restrain the federal government through an Article V amending convention.
Slate, an interesting web magazine circa 1999, is now so unfailingly tedious that I never read it unless it gets featured on Google News. (One suspects that I am not alone here.) Unfortunately, Slate did show up in today's Editors' Picks line-up, and among the other pieces that I could not stop myself from reading was an, ahem, effort from someone called Mark Joseph Stern under the typically bitchy headline "Yes, Opposing Gay Marriage Does Make You a Homophobe":
Feature of the Day: Here’s How The Military Wasted Your Money in 2013