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Posted on Jul 11, 2012

House GOP Votes (Again) to Repeal Obamacare: House Republicans on Wednesday will once again push a vote to repeal President Obama’s health care law. It’s the 33rd time they’ve done so since Obama signed the law in March 2010. As before, it will go nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Even in the unlikely event it did go somewhere, it’s highly doubtful the president would sign something negating his own law. Hey, Republicans: If at first you don’t succeed and you try and try again, it might be time to give up already. (Read more)

Taxes Hit New Low Under Obama: You know how conservatives and the tea party keep saying that President Obama is raising everyone’s taxes, and that taxes are higher than they’ve ever been? Well, as it turns out, that’s not true—not even close. In fact, a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office shows that taxes hit a 30-year low during Obama’s first year in office in 2009. Yup, that’s right: Taxes were lower under Obama than they were under Ronald Reagan. So what exactly is the tea party railing against then? (Read more)

No Draft, Please: Slate’s Matthew Yglesias is correct when he says that we shouldn’t launch another military draft in order to save money. Yet there has been talk of it. Yglesias brings the snark when he argues against forcibly enlisting our nation’s teens: “Of course an even better way for the government to improve its bottom line would be to conscript teenagers and then lease them out to private firms. McDonald’s could pay the government for the right to employ a chain gang of recent high school graduates who’d only become eligible for student loans and other tuition assistance after the successful completion of a tour of duty.” (Read more)

Gay Marriage Referendum Makes Maryland Ballot: Same-sex marriage will be put to a vote in Maryland after opponents got more than enough signatures to qualify a referendum for the ballot. The state’s recently passed marriage equality law doesn’t kick in until 2013. Still, same-sex marriage supporters have reason to expect that they will come out on top, since polls show a majority of Marylanders are opposed to a ban. (Read more)

Video of the Day: Mitt Romney gave a speech to the NAACP on Wednesday. The highlight—or at least, the video that’s made its way around the Internet—is Romney getting booed when he tells the crowd that he would repeal Obamacare.

—Posted by Tracy Bloom

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