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28

Jun

newsweek:

This is genius.

newsweek:

This is genius.

SCOTUS Blog’s Amy Howe Explains Ruling in Plain English

cheatsheet:

Take a breath and read this slowly. It helped us. 

In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn’t comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding.

(via SCOTUSblog)

29

May

Drones have replaced Guantánamo as the recruiting tool of choice for militants; in his 2010 guilty plea, Faisal Shahzad, who had tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square, justified targeting civilians by telling the judge, “When the drones hit, they don’t see children.”

 

[…]

William M. Daley, Mr. Obama’s chief of staff in 2011, said the president and his advisers understood that they could not keep adding new names to a kill list, from ever lower on the Qaeda totem pole. What remains unanswered is how much killing will be enough

 

“One guy gets knocked off, and the guy’s driver, who’s No. 21, becomes 20?” Mr. Daley said, describing the internal discussion. “At what point are you just filling the bucket with numbers?”

10

May

When Obama made his announcement about gay (marriage), I flashed back to (Lyndon B.) Johnson four days after President Kennedy is assassinated. He has to give his first speech to Congress and his advisers are sitting around and saying ‘Don’t mention civil rights. Don’t use up your political capital on civil rights. It’s a great cause, but it’s a lost cause.’ You know what Johnson says? ‘What’s a presidency for, then?’ And he says, in his speech, ‘The first thing we have to do is pass the Civil Rights bill.’
Historian and LBJ biographer ROBERT CARO, on The Daily Show (via inothernews)

09

May

I think same sex couples should be able to get married.
Barack Obama (via newsweek)

09

Apr

tpmmedia:

Top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley, went on Twitter to bash President Obama’s remarks in anticipation of a Supreme Court health care decision. 

Someone needs to discover TwitLonger because this is just embarrassing.

tpmmedia:

Top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley, went on Twitter to bash President Obama’s remarks in anticipation of a Supreme Court health care decision. 

Someone needs to discover TwitLonger because this is just embarrassing.

28

Feb

theponderingsofjonathan:

wantthepharaohs:

kateoplis:

Obama On Fire

He will not allow history to be re-written.

Bam! get em, buddy.  Listen to the crowd response here - they know what’s up.

I keep hearing that there’s so much momentum behind the Republican party right now, and that Obama is going to be a one term President.  I just don’t see it.  

I can’t wait to vote this man into his second term.  

27

Feb

Poll: Obama holds double digit leads over Romney and Santorum

anticapitalist:

In other words, CHILL THE FUCK OUT, Santorum is NOT going to win.

President Barack Obama holds double digit leads over the top two GOP presidential candidates, according to a new national survey.

A Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll released Monday indicates Obama topping former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 53% to 43% in a hypothetical general election matchup, with the president leading former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania 53% to 42%.

That sound you just heard was America taking one big collective sigh of relief.

CBS News - New poll suggests that nationally, Santorum beats Obama 49 percent to 46 percent

abaldwin360:

Is it time to go into panic mode yet?

We just need to let him and the rest of his friends keep talking. They’ll dig their own graves. Oh, and VOTE. That’s key.

21

Feb

shortformblog:

How Obama will win the election: His pipes. He reportedly sang a few bars of “Sweet Home Chicago” with B.B. King, Mick Jagger and a ton of others in attendance. Video as we get it. (ht @RyanLizza, photo via @MarianaFaithful)

Serenading America all the way to the White House.

shortformblog:

How Obama will win the election: His pipes. He reportedly sang a few bars of “Sweet Home Chicago” with B.B. King, Mick Jagger and a ton of others in attendance. Video as we get it. (ht @RyanLizza, photo via @MarianaFaithful)

Serenading America all the way to the White House.