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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Obama administration heeds judges' health care order - CNN.com

Obama administration heeds judges' health care order - CNN.com:

The Justice Department obeyed a federal appeals court's unusual order Thursday in a legal and political spat over the health care law championed by President Barack Obama. Administration lawyers met their deadline and filed a three-page, single-spaced letter -- following the specific instructions of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is hearing a challenge to the health care law. The letter affirmed the government's stance that federal courts indeed have the authority to decide the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act -- and any other law Congress passes. "The power of the courts to review the constitutionality of legislation is beyond dispute," said the letter, signed by Attorney General Eric Holder.

It added that the Justice Department "has not in this litigation, nor in any other litigation of which I am aware, ever asked this or any other court to reconsider or limit long-established precedent concerning judicial review of the constitutionality of federal legislation." Referring to comments by Obama that set off the imbroglio, the letter concluded: "The President's remarks were fully consistent with the principles described herein."

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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Arianna Huffington: You'd think a ten-and-a-half year war would be a major issue in a presidential campaign -- especially a war going as badly as the one in Afghanistan. But our political and media establishments seem to regard being in a constant state of war as simply part of the "new normal" (to go along with over 8 percent unemployment). The first rule of military action should be: do no harm to your own national security. But right now we are doing a lot of harm, losing hearts and minds every day and making our country ultimately less safe as a result. "War is destructive of the human spirit," military scholar Andrew Bacevich said recently. "War compromises our humanity." This one is now compromising our humanity, our national security, our standing in the world, and our claim to the moral high ground.
President Obama Locks Horns With Chief Justice Roberts
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Chris Mooney: Stephen Colbert, Scientific Pioneer
Truthiness is the quality of knowing something in your gut or your heart, as opposed to in your head. Colbert didn't just diagnose a deep malady in American political discourse. He also used phrases that anticipated research results on the differences between liberals and conservatives.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Reforming Washington & Restoring Our Faith in Congress
If we are going to restore the trust the American people have in Congress and rebuild their faith in government, increasing transparency and accountability in many aspects of how Washington does business is imperative. The STOCK Act is just a start.
Greta Van Susteren: First the President Is a Bully... and Now the Judiciary -- Here Is My Free Advice to AG Holder
What President Obama did two days ago when he bullied the Supreme Court and called them "unelected" and essentially threatened them was wrong. It also made him look like a fool. He was certainly not acting like a leader but a schoolyard bully who wants his way at any cost.
Gary Burr: Second Acts: Once Again...Why Am I Doing This?
That was a time when it felt like I would write a song on Monday, it was cut on Wednesday and by Friday it was on the radio. I liked those days very much. Very much indeed. Nothing stays the same.
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Mitt Romney raised eyebrows by delivering a speech on Wednesday suggesting that President Obama is an unreliable figure, devoid of principle, program, and purpose. "He wants us to re-elect him," the presumed GOP nominee practically sneered, "so we can find out what he will actually do." Someone clearly advised him that an audacious attack could distract voters from his own opportunistic gyrations while creating a new, resolute self-portrait.

But as a nominee who spent the primary season erasing his own political record, Romney may have eliminated any positive rationale for his candidacy. After disowning the most important programs and positions he advocated as Massachusetts governor, what can he present as his qualifications for the presidency? Please don't say Bain Capital. America is in no mood to elevate a ruthless private equity mega-millionaire into the Oval Office. READ MORE

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Frustrated that they occasionally don't get exactly what they want from Congress, big bankers have formed a Super PAC -- innocuously titled "Friends of Traditional Banking" -- to reward political allies and punish enemies. READ MORE

Even in the Easter season, it's hard not to notice that Christianity hasn't been presented in its own best light during this election year because Christians have not exactly been putting forward their best selves. There are right and wrong ways to apply religion to politics, and much that's happening now involves the wrong ways. READ MORE

The Pentagon said Wednesday it is ready to resume a trial at Guantanamo Bay for the acknowledged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four other men, more than two years after President Barack Obama halted the case in an ultimately failed effort to prosecute them in a civilian court. READ MORE

Fox News anchor Heather Childers -- who does straight news ("fair and balanced") programs on weekends -- sparked a controversy on Tuesday afternoon, when she suggested on Twitter that President Obama's campaign threatened to murder Chelsea Clinton to keep her parents quiet about Obama's alleged foreign birth.

Seriously. READ MORE

Hallelujah, Washington has finally heard the people's cries for jobs! In an urgent bipartisan push, Democrats and Republicans have joined hands across the aisle to pass the JOBS Act. In this time of "The Great Hurt" -- with widespread unemployment, middle-class incomes tumbling and the price of gasoline skyrocketing -- we can all applaud our stalwarts in the capital city for meeting the No. 1 need of America's hard-hit economy: deregulating Wall Street.

Huh? I thought this was a jobs bill? READ MORE
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