Politics

GOP Hasn’t Surrendered on Obamacare

By on 4.23.14 | 11:19AM

President Obama has taken executive power to a new level with his ongoing unilateral rewrites of Obamacare, but the Republicans have had enough.

Thirty-eight Republican lawmakers signed a legal brief challenging Obamacare on the grounds of a special Obama-decided provision to allow congressmen and their staffs to receive federal health care subsidies. If they were private-sector workers, most of them would make too much money to qualify for government aid.

Senator Ron Johnson, who filed a lawsuit regarding the provision in January, said, “Relief came in the form of a special tax treatment available only to them, granted in a manner that exceeded the president’s legal and constitutional authority."

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Morning Round-Up 4-23—Short

By on 4.23.14 | 10:44AM

Feature of the Day: More High School Grads Decide College Isn’t Worth It

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  1. APNewsBreak: Clemency After 10 Years in Prison?
  2. Republican Activists Push Party on Gay Marriage
  3. Federal Judge to Hear Oregon Gay Marriage Case

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Much Ado About Voting

By 4.23.14

Voter ID is not a big deal. Or, rather, it is a big deal, but it probably shouldn’t be. Let me back up a bit. Over the past decade, there has been a growing movement in a number of states to require individuals to show photo identification when voting. Twelve states have adopted a photo ID requirement so far, and more than a dozen others are considering it.

Proponents of Voter ID contend that the measure is necessary to combat voter fraud. Opponents, however, claim that the laws have a more nefarious purpose. At a speech before Al Sharpton’s National Action Network earlier this month, President Obama claimed that, efforts like Voter ID were a malign attempt to disenfranchise Americans: “About 60 percent of Americans don’t have a passport,” Obama said. “Just because you can’t have the money to travel abroad doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to vote here at home.”

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Going Negative on Affirmative Action

By 4.23.14

The good news about yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling is that it affirmed the right of the people to ban racial preferences in university admissions. The bad news is that it didn't go further.

In 2003, the Court handed down two landmark decisions: Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger. Taken together, the cases struck down a racial quota system used in admissions at the University of Michigan, but allowed for more limited race-based preferences. As Kevin Mooney pointed out, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said in the Grutter decision that voters have the last say on affirmative action regimes.

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Supreme Court Ruling Empowers Voters to Strike Down Racial Preferences

By on 4.22.14 | 4:06PM

When Sandra Day O’Connor wrote her majority opinion in the 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger Supreme Court decision, she explicitly said that voters had every right to strike down race and gender preferences. That’s important because the news media does not typically report on this part of the decision.

O’Connor also ruled in Grutter that the University of Michigan Law School could use race as one of many factors in a “narrowly tailored fashion” to achieve diversity. That’s the part that gets all the press. But the majority in Grutter also outlawed the use of hard, systemic quotas. Moreover, the Court made it clear that quotas could not be used in a separate, but related case known as Gratz v. Bollinger, which said the point system used at the University of Michigan’s undergraduate program was unconstitutional.

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IRS Revokes Tax-Exempt Status for Another Conservative Group

By on 4.22.14 | 4:00PM

You would think the IRS would want to lay low while they are battling allegations of targeting conservative non-profits.

Think again. That didn’t stop them from revoking the tax-exempt status of the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty for saying mean things about the Clintons and John Kerry, according to USA Today.

The 501(c)3 group received a letter from the IRS explaining that it had, “shown a pattern of deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns” and made “repeated statements supporting or opposing various candidates by expressing its opinion of the respective candidate’s character and qualifications.” Although it obscures the name of the organization, the accusations align with writings from the Patrick Henry Center.

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MSNBC Host Attacks Capitalism. No! Wait! Climate Change. He Meant To Say Climate Change.

By on 4.22.14 | 2:15PM

Remember that time when the world's population exceeded its food production capacity, countless thousands of people dropped dead of starvation, and those of us who survived were reduced to eking out a subsistence level existence? No? That's because those late-18th century predictions of English cleric and economist Thomas Malthus never came to pass. Malthus failed to account for such factors as technologically improved means of production and declining birthrate. To any thinking person, a Malthusian prediction should be dismissed with laughter.

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Rand Paul is Right on National Security and Debt

By on 4.22.14 | 2:02PM

The D.C. commentariat is currently buzzing in unison. “Left” and “right” have united in agitated harmony. You see, Rand Paul is a danger to his party and this country…if not the entire world. Or so the chorus goes. Yesterday, Jed Babbin lent his full-throated support to their refrain.

With all due respect to Mr. Babbin, I don't think a 2002 op-ed addressed to the Bowling Green Daily News can condense the political philosophy of libertarianism “at its finest," nor the notion of liberty as the highest political end.

Likewise, I don’t particularly care to reengage the 1964 Civil Rights Act hubbub. The idea that a private business might reserve the right to refuse service has been thoroughly covered on this digital broadsheet. For his part, Senator Paul is more than capable of defending himself on this point, as he has countless times.

Rather, I’d like to treat—with laser-focus—Mr. Babbin’s contention that Rand Paul “speaks clearly because his positions are naïve and otherworldly.” He continues:

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Morning Round-Up 4-22

By on 4.22.14 | 10:56AM

Feature of the Day: The SS Doctor Who Converted to Islam and Escaped the Nazi Hunters

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  1. Grieving Borrowers Told to Repay Student Loan
  2. Drones Unearth More Details About Chaco Culture
  3. NYC Jury Hears Tape Defending 9/11 Terror Attacks

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The New American Fascism

By 4.22.14

It is the New American Fascism. And make no mistake — the perpetrators are proud of it. Let’s begin with dates and names.

August 7, 2008: The New York Times reports that

Nearly 10,000 of the biggest donors to Republican candidates and causes across the country will probably receive a foreboding “warning” letter in the mail next week. The letter is an opening shot across the bow from an unusual new outside political group on the left that is poised to engage in hardball tactics to prevent similar groups on the right from getting off the ground this fall.

Led by Tom Matzzie, a liberal political operative who has been involved with some prominent left-wing efforts in recent years, the newly formed nonprofit group, Accountable America, is planning to confront donors to conservative groups, hoping to create a chilling effect that will dry up contributions.

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