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Jeb Bush Makes ‘Hopeful’ Noises About 2016

Looks like the 2016 presidential race could actually shape up to be a bona fide throwback to the ’90s, with a Bush and a Clinton duking it out for the White House.

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Russell Brand: ‘Socialism Is Christianity Politicized’

Comedian-actor-writer Russell Brand took on a range of topics including spirituality, materialism, politics and revolution during an interview at Cambridge University’s student union in England last week.

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Ecuador Guarantees the Constitutional Right to Health and Education for All Its Citizens

Ecuador has progressed leaps and bounds in the past two decades, and is placing education and health at the top of its agenda.

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White House Gears Up for Obamacare PR Blitz

After the initial rollout of President Obama’s health-care bill-turned-GOP-punching-bag, the Affordable Care Act, became fraught with buggy technology woes and further assailed by rallying foes, the White House needed its own Plan B, if you will.

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Supreme Court to Review Contraception Provisions in Obamacare

As if the contested law known as Obamacare didn’t have enough assailants already, the United States Supreme Court has added another level of complication by deciding Tuesday to take another look at the sections in the Affordable Care Act dealing with contraception coverage.

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Why Obama Deserves a Second Term

My family survived the Great Recession because of the policies of the Obama administration. I suspect we were not alone in benefiting from one or another of the various relief programs.

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Romney on ‘60 Minutes’: Uninsured Can Go to ER

On CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday night, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney revealed his new plan for the millions of Americans who don’t have any health care coverage. It differs dramatically from the one he supported when he was governor of Massachusetts.

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‘The Daily Show’: Stewart Sticks It to the Speedy CNN and Fox

When the Supreme Court’s landmark health care decision came down on Thursday, CNN and Fox News raced to be first in reporting the ruling. They were first, all right: the first major news networks to incorrectly report that the mandate had been struck down.

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Postal Service Closures, O’Reilly’s Non-Apology, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including congressional action on student loan rates and Glenn Beck trying to profit off of the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling.

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It’s a Tax!

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Obamacare Upheld

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Supreme Court Health Care Ruling a Win for Obama—and Roberts

The Supreme Court’s decision upholding the health care law is not only a huge victory for President Obama but also a moment of leadership for Chief Justice John Roberts. The court’s mixed verdict could create problems, notably in its weakening of the law’s Medicaid provisions in the name of states’ rights.

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Obamacare Ruling Roundup and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Supreme Court decisions, the U.S. attorney general being held in contempt and why Bill O’Reilly should apologize.

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Biden Defines Depression, Stewart on the New ‘Gate,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the SCOTUS health care decision countdown and Sen. Rand Paul wading into the personhood debate.

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GOP Wants Donor Secrecy, Limbaugh Is Scared, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on the messy voter purge in Florida and a “death panel” revival of sorts.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Health Care Ruling Looms, Arpaio on Immigration, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including reaction and nonreaction to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Arizona immigration law; also, Rupert Murdoch takes to Twitter to criticize a presidential candidate.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Recall Elections, Proposition 8 Moves Closer to Supreme Court and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Wisconsin recall election, the next step in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California and Bill O’Reilly’s election prediction.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Liberty and Health Care for All

“There is an important connection, a profound connection, between that problem and liberty. And I do think it’s important that we not lose sight of that,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli told the Supreme Court.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Day 2 in the Health Care Showdown

Tuesday marked the second day of arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over key aspects of President Obama’s health care reform law, and the top court’s conservative justices were at the ready with pointed questions for the Obama administration’s lawyer about the stipulation that would require all Americans to have health insurance.

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Obama’s Biggest Win Could Be His Biggest Weakness

Conservative super PACs, along with Republican presidential and congressional candidates, are aiming at President Barack Obama’s health care reform, figuring that “Obamacare” and the program’s shaky support will be a deadly weapon against Democrats facing a difficult election year.

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What’s Really at Stake in 2012

Observing the liberal Democratic critics of President Barack Obama set me wondering whether they ever listen to the Republican candidates. Haven’t they noticed that the Republicans want to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the rest of the economic protections for the poor and the middle class? 

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE


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White House Pushing Big Pharma to Report Payments to MDs

The Obama administration is laying the legal groundwork to strongly encourage (read: enforce) more transparency between pharmaceutical companies and doctors by requiring drugmakers to divulge the details of their monetary exchanges with M.D.s for various services and perks.

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Proposed Rules Could Hamper Patient Protection

Last year’s health care reform law promised to address the problem of the hundreds of thousands of patients killed each year by professional error. Outside groups were to be allowed to analyze hospital conditions and publicly report on the quality of care. But new rules proposed by ... (more)

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Health Care Act Wins a Battle on Its Way to the Supreme Court

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in Virginia ruled in favor of the health care reform law Thursday, dismissing two suits. (more)

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Health Insurers Reaping Record Profits

The health insurance industry is raking in profits on the backs of consumers who are increasingly forgoing medical care due to economic concerns, though that hasn’t stopped big insurers from drastically raising premiums. (more)

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Vermont Makes History, Passes Universal Health Care

President Obama’s attempt to reform health care took a massive amount of time and energy, while achieving little. But, as Vermont just showed, there is another way to go about revamping America’s corrupt medical system: state by state.

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 READ MORE


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Activist Judges Strike Again

The Constitution is rooted and understood in terms of its history; without that, it is merely an isolated document, portraying a moment in 1787. We can do without the arriviste Michele Bachmann to tell us exactly what its words mean.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Another Federal Judge Challenges Health Care Law

On Monday, another federal judge from our nation’s south made a bid to squelch President Obama’s big health care win from last year by arguing that the mandatory health insurance component of the law makes the whole thing unconstitutional.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE


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Time for More Health Care Fun on Capitol Hill

After a break in routine operation following the Tucson shooting rampage, the House of Representatives was ready for another round of debate over health care reform on Tuesday, with the newly emboldened GOP at the ready to push for a repeal. But will the Republicans prevail?

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE



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GOP Gears Up to Take Down Health Care Reform

Emboldened by their big wins in last fall’s midterm elections, Republican members of Congress are sharpening their battle axes with the aim of hacking away at the health care reform legislation that President Obama and the Democrats took such great pains to pass ...

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So Much for Bipartisanship

The GOP is mobilizing to make some big changes over the next two years, including but not limited to the following: taking down health care reform, cutting the budget and attempting to oust President Obama from the White House in 2012.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE


So Far Health Care Rulings Are Disturbingly Predictable

I’m hoping for the moment when a federal judge picked by a Democratic president strikes down the health care law. Or when a Republican-appointed judge upholds it.

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White House / Pete Souza

Virginia Judge Opens Fire on Health Care Reform

It’s not like nobody saw this coming, but Monday, one Judge Henry E. Hudson of Richmond, Va., kicked off the next round of attacks on what the right still likes to call “Obamacare” by contesting the constitutionality ...

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Health Care’s Second Wind

Despite the conventional wisdom, more and more Democrats are proudly campaigning on what the health care bill has achieved—and they should.

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White House / Pete Souza

GOP Plotting to Undercut Health Care Reform

The ink has dried on President Obama’s much ballyhooed health care reform bill—that’s “Obamacare” for all the haters—but according to select scheming members of the GOP, the fight might not be over yet on this one.

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Obama: ‘The Economy Is Getting Stronger’

President Barack Obama mustered up some fine rhetoric Wednesday to give the good people of Greater Columbus, Ohio, a sense of security in these, our shaky times. And he did so in, literally, a local family’s backyard.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Our Sick System Still Needs Triage

When the health care law is fully implemented in 2014, it will cure many of the ills that plague those needing medical care. That, however, may be too long a wait for a troubled country, especially one faced with intractable unemployment and a fruitless, unpopular Afghanistan war.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick

A close reading of the new health care legislation, which will conveniently take effect in 2014 after the next presidential election, is deeply depressing.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Signs Student Loan Legislation

President Barack Obama made the short trip to Northern Virginia Community College on Tuesday to put the final touch—his signature—on legislation that included additional action items on the health care reform list and an overhaul of the federal student loan system.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Who’s Afraid of Health Care Reform?

After days of protests over reform, the Obama administration has, in fact, created a change that many Americans can now see and feel. The new law, though imperfect, represents progress in a new direction. However, it seems that for this step forward some Americans have taken two steps back. 

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Nukes, Mortgages, Health Care and the Pope

So much ground to cover this week! We saw the passage of the notorious health care reform bill, more scandal among the ranks of the pope (who’s in a bit of a stew) and a nuclear breakthrough between the U.S. and Russia. Also on this week’s show: mortgages, usury and you!

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Gerald Herbert

So Much for a ‘Post-Racial’ America

Thanks to Newt Gingrich’s loose lips, the cat is out of the bag: The Republican Party, answering the call of a large part of its following, will continue its subtle and not-so-subtle uses of the “race card.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


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The Rep. Who Cried ‘Baby Killer’ Now Wants Your Cash

He’s the congressman who shouted “It’s a baby killer!” during the House debate preceding Sunday’s historic vote for health care reform, and now Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer is striking while the limelight is hot, asking for support while his wife Dana gazes into the wrong camera in this campaign ad.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


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Democratic Congressman Gets Threatening Letter, White Powder

The health care reform debate has brought a fair share of nutty individuals out of the woodwork, and unfortunately, members of Congress who voted in favor of the recently instated bill might be seen by some who’ve taken leave of their reason as moving targets. Take New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, for example. Updated.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


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A Healthy Start ... With Loopholes

Now that President Barack Obama has signed health reform into law, insurance industry lobbyists will turn their attention to trying to cripple it. This will be done under the pretense of improving the reform proposal—or, as they say in the lobbying business, loving the law to death.

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GOP Launches Final Health Care Attack in Senate

If you can’t beat ’em, hit ’em with a bunch of amendments they’d have a hard time opposing. That was apparently the strategy of Republicans hoping to throw a wrench into the health care reform works in the Senate on Wednesday.

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