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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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Round Table on the Health Care Ruling

Dr. Oliver Fein of Physicians for a National Healthcare Program, Wendell Potter, a whistle-blower and former executive at Cigna and Humana, and Jodi Jacobson, editor in chief of RH Reality Check, discuss the consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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The Bigger Picture

The political impact of Thursday’s stunning Supreme Court decision on health care reform is clear. Much more important is what the ruling means in the long term for the physical and moral health of the nation.

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Death on Thursday

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It’s a Tax!

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Obamacare Upheld

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GOP Affordable Care Act Reaction

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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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Big Money Wins in the Big Skies of Montana

“I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale,” William A. Clark reportedly said. He was one of Montana’s “Copper Kings,” a man who used his vast wealth to manipulate the state government and literally buy votes to make himself a U.S. senator.

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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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Jan Brewer’s Flying Circus

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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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Court Limits No-Parole Life Terms for Juveniles

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juveniles convicted of murder. The 5-4 vote found that such sentences constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

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Immigration Ruling

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John Roberts’ View From the Liberals’ End of the Bench

By throwing out most of the anti-Latino Arizona immigration law and neutering the rest, the Supreme Court struck a rare blow for fairness and justice.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Court Rejects Montana Challenge to Citizens United

The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed its controversial 2-year-old decision allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money in politics when it struck down a law in Montana banning such spending.

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High Court Strikes Down Most of Arizona Immigration Law

Arizona’s controversial immigration law is largely no more. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled mostly in favor of the U.S. government when it struck down the bulk of the state’s notorious immigration law.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Limbaugh’s Latest Inflammatory Comment and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the resignation of an Obama administration official, Mitt Romney addressing immigration and Rush Limbaugh’s latest eyebrow-raising comment about Nancy Pelosi.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE



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$#!* That: High Court Tosses FCC Indecency Rules but Skirts Free Speech Issue

The Supreme Court threw out the FCC’s heavy-handed sanctions on Fox and ABC but stayed mum on whether the commission’s prudish and outdated indecency policy violates free speech laws.

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Health Care: Give the People What They Want

Most Americans want pretty much the same outcome from health care reform, and it’s not what either major-party candidate is offering.

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Obama and Romney’s Buckeye Smackdown, Dubya’s Head on a Spike and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in Ohio, the DOJ’s decision in the John Edwards case, and the HBO show “Game of Thrones” getting political.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Egyptian High Court Throws Out Parliament

Egypt’s lingering Mubarak-appointed supreme court on Thursday ruled that the democratically elected, Islamist-led Parliament must be dissolved, citing widespread violations of a rule intended to divide the house between candidates running individually and under party banners. The decision returns legislative power to the country’s military junta.

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Romney One-Ups Obama in Fundraising, the Potency of Citizens United and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of May presidential campaign fundraising figures, how Citizens United affected the Wisconsin recall and the controversy surrounding recent comments made by Bill Clinton.

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Three Recent Supreme Court Decisions That Reveal Dangerous Intentions

As the country waits in fear and loathing for the high tribunal to drop the dime on Obamacare, we might do well to parse the damage Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues have already done this term to our collective rights and liberties.

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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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Stevens Sees Eventual Collapse of Citizens United Ruling

Will Citizens United stand the test of time? John Paul Stevens, the former Supreme Court justice who led the dissent in the court’s highly controversial decision that eased restrictions on corporate donations in political campaigns, thinks the answer is “no.”

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Impeach the Supreme Court?

Michael Dukakis, the three-time governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic candidate for president, has the guts to say it.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Judges of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

In an August 1996 letter, President Bill Clinton wrote that raising the issue of gay marriage was “divisive and unnecessary.” He was right about the first part, but according to a decision by a federal appeals court in Boston this week, he was mistaken about the second.

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Brits Tell Assange to Pack for Sweden

The verdict in Britain’s Supreme Court did not go well Wednesday for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been fighting extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges. Assange has been granted two weeks to consider his next move, which may be a petition for a retrial.

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Say ‘Hi-Ho!’ as They Strip-Search You

Reflecting on his arrest with Kurt Vonnegut while protesting apartheid outside the South African consulate in the early 1980s, David Lindorff, founder of the news blog This Can’t Be Happening, says he and the author might be treated differently if they were arrested today.

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Truthdigger of the Week: U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest

A decade of war on terror has created a culture of deference in which U.S. officials may restrict American civil liberties in the name of national security. This Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest bravely challenged that culture.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE


How to Beat Citizens United

We are about to have the worst presidential campaign money can buy.

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Legislators and Activists Mount Opposition to Citizens United

Good news for democracy: Lawmakers at all levels of government met with activists on Capitol Hill this week to sign a “Declaration for Democracy” in support of the effort to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.

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The Real Health Care Debate

There is no substantial difference between Obamacare and Romneycare. There is no substantial difference between Obama and Romney.

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When Liberals Stop Being Wimps

Conservatives are not accustomed to being on the defensive. They expect their progressive opponents to be wimpy and apologetic.

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Partisan Supreme Court

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama, Candidate in Chief

President Obama shifts into full campaign mode as Romney inches closer to inevitability in his race to become the Republican nominee. In his day job as sitting president, Obama faced some setbacks from SCOTUS and a weaker-than-expected jobs report.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama’s (Smaller) Army of Volunteers

The night after President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act was being mercilessly attacked by U.S. Supreme Court conservatives, I was surprised to find a group of Obama volunteers cheerfully gathered in a nondescript office building east of Los Angeles to make phone calls for the president’s campaign.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE


The High Court’s Supremely Unethical Activists

While the public awaits the Supreme Court’s judgment on the constitutionality of health care reform, it is worth remembering how cheaply Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas in particular have sullied the integrity of their lifetime appointments.

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SCOTUS Up the Wazoo

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SCOTUS Broadens Jailhouse Strip-Search Rule

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that U.S. Supreme Court justices voted along party lines when approving, on a 5-4 vote, the expansion of strip-searching guidelines to include anyone who’s been arrested for any offense and is en route to jail.

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The Right’s Stealthy Coup

Imagine the shock when conservative Supreme Court justices repeatedly spouted views closely resembling the tweets and talking points issued by organizations of the sort funded by the Koch brothers.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE


Health Care: Conservatives Are Their Own Worst Enemies

If Obamacare is struck down, a much more far-reaching overhaul of the health care system will be inevitable.

Posted on Mar 30, 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.

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Five Hypocrites and One Bad Plan

The Supreme Court is so full of it, but the sad truth is that President Obama and the Democrats brought this potential judicial disaster upon themselves.

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Activist Judges on Trial

Three days of Supreme Court arguments over the health care law demonstrated for all to see that conservative justices are prepared to act as an alternative legislature, diving deeply into policy details as if they were members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

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If Obamacare Goes, Will America ‘Let Him Die’?

We know how tea party Republicans would cope with the financial problem posed by ill and injured people who show up at hospitals without coverage. They told us last fall during the presidential debate in Tampa, Fla., when they cheered for “Let him die!”

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Health Care: We’re All in This Together

Gatherings of my generation inevitably end up with deep conversations about aches and pains and medical insurance. Sad. In France, people talk about food and wine.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE


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