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VA federal judge rules Obamacare mandate unconstitutional

December 13, 2010

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Opponents of the health care reform bill signed into law this past spring got a big boost from Virginia federal judge Henry Hudson today, who ruled that the mandate requiring individuals to buy health insurance is unconstitutional: U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson wrote that no court had expanded the Commerce Clause of the Constitution […]

DREAM Act tabled, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell defeated in Senate

December 9, 2010

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The Senate saw some key votes today as Senate Democrats conceded they didn’t have the necessary votes to pass the DREAM Act, and tabled it until after the tax hike debate is completed. Harry Reid will try next week to push through the House version that narrowly passed yesterday, but finding 60 Senators will remain […]

Bloomberg preps 2012 run with speech on economy

December 8, 2010

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, coyly toying with the notion of mounting an independent bid for the White House in 2012, seemed to be making national policy statements in a speech today, offering a “middle way” out of our economic problems while repeating the pox-on-both-houses (can we stop using this cliché now anytime soon, […]

DREAM Act passes House

December 8, 2010

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The lame duck session has seen Democrats attempt to bring as much of their agenda to vote before they lose their House majority in January. The DREAM Act, which purports to grant conditional legal status to illegal alien children, is a pet project of Senator Harry Reid, who recently brought four versions of it to […]

Obamacare waivers now up to 222

December 7, 2010

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As further evidence of what a deeply flawed health care reform bill Congress passed in March, news comes today of a sharp increase in the number of waivers granted to companies looking to stave off having to implement some of its measures next year. Jamie Dupree of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the number of […]

Smell the bipartisanship: Obama calls GOP “hostage-takers”

December 7, 2010

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In a defensive press conference this afternoon, President Obama huffed and puffed about somehow being forced into compromising with Republicans on the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, trying to sell the deal to a liberal base that has exploded in rage over his flip-flop on vowing to raise the top tax rates. Trying to […]

Elizabeth Edwards passes from cancer

December 7, 2010

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Elizabeth Edwards, 61-year-old lawyer and wife to two-time Democratic candidate John Edwards, has lost her battle with breast cancer, as the Raleigh News and Observer reports today. No matter your politics, she came off as a strong and intelligent politician’s wife, not afraid to speak her mind or wither under criticism. The last few years […]