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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

It Would Be "Extraordinary" To Strike Down Health Care Reform Law | Media Matters for America

It Would Be "Extraordinary" To Strike Down Health Care Reform Law | Media Matters for America:

In Fact, Striking Down Health Care Law Would Be "Unprecedented" And "Extraordinary"

Cohn: "Rarely In American History Has The Court Struck Down Laws In Decisions That Would Have Such Quick, Widespread Impact."
Drum: "Very, Very Rarely Has" Supreme Court "Overturned A Major Piece Of Federal Legislation." In an April 1 Mother Jones article, Kevin Drum wrote:
There are two ways to look at this. The first is through the lens of what it would actually mean to overturn Obamacare. On this score, Jonathan [Cohn] is right: it would be unprecedented. The Supreme Court has handed down plenty of big decisions before, but very, very rarely has it overturned a major piece of federal legislation.
effrey Toobin: It Is "A Grave And Unusual Step For Unelected, Unaccountable, Life-Tenured Judges To Overrule" Government. In an article for the April 9 issue of the New Yorker, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin wrote:
The involvement of the federal government in the health-care market is not unprecedented; it dates back nearly fifty years, to the passage of Medicare and Medicaid. The forty million uninsured Americans whose chances for coverage are riding on the outcome of the case are already entered "into commerce," because others are likely to pay their health-care costs.Kennedy's last point, about the "heavy burden" on the government to defend the law, was correct--in 1935. Justice Kennedy had it backward. The "heavy burden" is not on the defenders of the law but on its challengers. Acts of Congress, like the health-care law, are presumed to be constitutional, and it is -- or should be -- a grave and unusual step for unelected, unaccountable, life-tenured judges to overrule the work of the democratically elected branches of gover nment. [The New Yorker4/9/12]

msnbc video: Obama criticizes Ryans budget plan in speech

msnbc video: Obama criticizes Ryans budget plan in speech

msnbc video: Bashir: Republicans can’t have it both ways on a candidate and his religion

msnbc video: Bashir: Republicans can’t have it both ways on a candidate and his religion

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Kentucky Wins National Championship
Obama: Paul Ryan's Budget is 'Nothing But Thinly Veiled Social Darwinism'
U.S. Offers $10 Million Bounty For Pakistani Militant Chief
At Least 6 People Killed In Shooting At Oakland Religious School
Enhanced Police Video Shows Gashes On Zimmerman's Head
Robert Reich: Turning America Into a Giant Casino
Organized gambling is a scam. And it particularly preys upon people with lower incomes -- who assume they can't make it big any other way, who often find it hardest to assess the odds, and whose families can least afford to lose the money. Yet America is now opening the floodgates.
Geoffrey Dunn: Palin vs. Couric: Recounting the Infamous 2008 Campaign Interview
While Sarah Palin admitted that her performance in the Couric interviews in 2008 "had let the team down," she never acknowledged that she had failed to prepare for them.
Alex Castellanos: Bathing in Moral Superiority
In the Grand Old Party, we see moral standards as necessary but humbling measures of our imperfections, revealing how far and how often we fall short. The principled perfection of the left, however, requires little such humility.
Greta Van Susteren: Oh My... Did President Obama Forget Marbury v. Madison? What's Up With Harvard Law School?
Every law school -- yes, even Harvard Law School -- teaches the landmark case Marbury v. Madison. It was decided in 1803 (yes, 1803!). You read it your first year in law school.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez: The Stolen Dreams Act
Anti-immigration policies and anti-immigrant rhetoric adopted by some leaders in Senator Rubio's party aren't just liabilities with Latino voters, they are liabilities will all voters.

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Wisconsin Republicans may be voting in their presidential primary Tuesday, but many Badger State voters and activists are looking ahead to Republican Governor Scott Walker's recall election in June, when the Tea Party, the labor unions, and everyone else will deliver their judgment on the most polarizing politician in the Midwest. READ MORE

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Politicians in both parties are betting that allowing more gambling will make them winners at the polls by raising revenue without appearing to raise taxes. As a longtime student of gambling companies and their regulation, I find these developments troubling. People who want to play should have an honest place to wager. But states should only allow, not encourage, gambling. Basic government services should not depend on gambling revenue, as Texas Governor Rick Perry's school finance proposal did. READ MORE

Why punish the children of undocumented immigrants when they are eager to be college-educated, tax-paying additions to the U.S. economy? The answer is: because the Tea Party says you should. And Marco Rubio, in his first task to prove what he can do for the GOP, says he's going to set this ship upright. Good luck, senator. You will need it -- if your bill has any substance. READ MORE

Sarah Palin will serve as a co-host on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, making her a temporary member of the "lamestream" media that she so frequently derides. NBC, which announced the move on its website on Sunday night, claims that the former Alaska governor will "reveal a different side" of her that viewers have never seen. For her part, however, Palin promised to show at least some of the angry conservatism that made her famous. READ MORE

Trust in government now is very low. But trust in government has been falling on balance since the late 1960s and took an especially large hit in the 1970s. The nation hasn't truly regained its confidence in it ever since. In fact, the nation has been vulnerable to mythology and misinformation that has seriously damaged America's future. READ MORE

Police in Kentucky said they arrested several dozen people following the Wildcats' 67-59 win over Kansas in the NCAA championship game Monday night. Fans filled the streets near the university's Lexington campus within minutes of the game's conclusion. They jumped up and down, screamed, sprayed beer and waved Kentucky flags. Lexington police had arrested several dozen people by the time the game had been over only a few minutes, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. READ MORE
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