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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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Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, was far from pleased with certain of his Republican colleagues Wednesday when his attempt to add a single-payer amendment to the Senate's health care reform legislation was met with stonewalling tactics from his GOP peers. Here, he lets it rip, slamming what he calls their bid "to bring the U.S. government to a halt."

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Homeowners facing foreclosure could get help if Congress approves a "cram-down" measure, which would give bankruptcy judges the ability to alter mortgage terms. The House of Representatives is gearing up to vote on the amendment, but it's not likely to be an easy victory by any stretch.

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The California Supreme Court has agreed to examine the state's recently adopted marriage ban, scheduling a hearing for March. The court will decide whether Prop. 8 was a sweeping revision or a simple amendment to the state's constitution, and whether legally married same-sex couples should suffer a blanket divorce.

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Is Jerry Brown just doing his job, or is he trying to be all things to all Californians? The attorney general said in a statement that the state's high court should review the recently passed gay marriage ban, but until then, " The public interest would be better served by allowing Proposition 8 to remain in effect ".

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Just to go out on a limb here, doesn't supporting a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage on the federal level represent a very real form of "judgment" about the people and relationships that are granted the official stamp of legitimacy and those that aren't?

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