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Ted Cruz v. The Reality Caucus
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 10/5/2013 5:35:27 AM

According to Politico: Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it. At a closed-door lunch meeting in the Senate’s Mansfield Room, Republican after Republican pressed Cruz to explain how he would propose to end the bitter budget impasse with Democrats, according to senators who attended the meeting. A defensive Cruz had no clear plan to force an end to the shutdown — or explain how he would defund Obamacare, as he has demanded all along, sources said. The

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: suedotsue, 10/5/2013 6:05:08 AM     (No. 9550997)

Peter Wehner has been a Beltway parasite for a very long time. His best words of wisdom did nothing to stop the destruction of this country and its delivery to the radical left. American after American would like to know why anyone cares what Wehner has to say in 2013. The GOP´s massive failure is why we have ObamaCare to begin with. It´s not even legal. The Supreme Court said it was only legal as a tax, not commerce. All tax bills must be approved by the House and ObamaCare hasn´t been. Boehner has refused for 2 and a half yrs. to allow a standalone ObamaCare defunding measure to come to the floor. American after American wonders why Wehner hasn´t brought this up.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tomneal, 10/5/2013 6:14:45 AM     (No. 9551008)

No plan to win?
Sorry, I am confused. I thought the federal government shutdown was a win. Maybe it´s just that I am more libertarian than republican.
The Dem´s are saying "We are not going to negotiate" and the Republicans are offering up all kinds of compromises. Just none that include funding ObamaCare.
Obama and Reid shut down the government because the House didn´t give them everything they want.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: chumley, 10/5/2013 6:24:26 AM     (No. 9551017)

Maybe he does have a master plan, but doesn´t feel like telling the progressive rinos because they will just go tell their good friends across the aisle.
They are going after him exactly the way they do Palin. May they and all their blood be cursed with honesty and integrity for the rest of their days.
Once again, I wish I had stayed in the Republican party just so I could have the joy of quitting again.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 10/5/2013 6:29:57 AM     (No. 9551020)

..or explain how he would defund Obamacare..

Only in Washington DC would this simple concept have to be "explained".

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Reply 5 - Posted by: littleorby, 10/5/2013 6:37:11 AM     (No. 9551024)

Read this article yesterday (or was it the day before?), but I suppose a hit piece is worth reading again.

During WWII General Patton was continually besmirched by the political class, and almost lost his command for slapping a cowardly soldier. Patton was there to win a war, not to hold our forces back to appease Stalin. So Cruz should not be surprised.

Cruz may be reckless; although, I doubt it. I think his problem is, he´s very intelligent and fearless, which is a bitter pill for the dainty class of elitist to swallow.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Keekng, 10/5/2013 6:53:03 AM     (No. 9551035)

One strategy might be for the "Reality" senators to work with Ted Cruz rather than fight him every step of the way as he supports the American people who vote and pay taxes.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dudette4freedom, 10/5/2013 6:54:24 AM     (No. 9551036)

Why should Cruz reveal a plan to a bunch of quisling panty waists who are wetting themselves over this debacle? The whole point of the filibuster and it was hugely succesful, was to put Obamacare front and center on everyone´s minds and at the front of the debate, pull it out from behind the curtai for all to see the monstrosity it is FOCUS AMERICANS ON IT--he did that 100%

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Reply 8 - Posted by: rinohunter, 10/5/2013 6:59:56 AM     (No. 9551040)

No strategy or clear plan to end the shut down??? Is Pete Wayner stuck on stupid or what? The strategy is clear. Exempt America from ACA just like the unions, big business and the political class has been. If this compromise - as opposed to a real battle that would be to repeal ACA which I hope also eventually happens - were reached the shut down would be over in a New York minute.
I´m even getting sick of Fox News making this shut down out to be purely a Republican doing and all the Tea Party´s fault. These inside-the-beltway chumps can all go to hell. I say, "Keep the government shut down; permanently remove ALL non-essential government employees from the payroll - they are a luxury we can no longer afford!"
And one more thing: What is a "Reality Caucus"?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: kanphil, 10/5/2013 7:10:36 AM     (No. 9551054)

Hang tough, Senator Cruz! You´re gettin´ to ´em.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: right-turn, 10/5/2013 7:25:42 AM     (No. 9551066)

I don´t trust anything Wehner ´comments´ on but it does show one thng. Our so-called GOP are nothing but a bunch of do it the way dems want them to do. Cruz has the guts to speak up in public. Others are hiding under the bed.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BcdErick, 10/5/2013 7:42:37 AM     (No. 9551084)

This is complete nonsense. The writer is demanding surrender and capitulation to a terrible "law", that was forced down our throats, and will harm America. Cruz acted on principle. I guess the writer is just too naive to figure that out.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Grambo, 10/5/2013 7:56:59 AM     (No. 9551107)

The strategy for ending a battle is to win. Why is that so difficult for RINO´s to comprehend?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: MissMolly, 10/5/2013 8:00:49 AM     (No. 9551110)

Yes, of course it is, #13, and that is why there is the upheaval among the Republicans in the Senate. Where is the path to a "win"? Apparently, Senator Cruz never put much thought into that. It was all about the fight (and the funds raised) and the target was not the Democrats in vulnerable seats, but the Republicans who weren´t happy with the lack of a strategy to actually win.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 10/5/2013 8:10:10 AM     (No. 9551121)

Ahh, what a mystery, this English language! This is especially vexing when one ponders the vast difference between ´reality´ and ´real´ . But then again, subtle leftists such as Peter Wehner control the language, presently.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ramona, 10/5/2013 8:19:21 AM     (No. 9551130)

Good Golly, the misunderestimation of Senator Cruz has begun early this morning! The Rovettes, those Mean Girls of the GOP, think they can lecture us on reality. Here´s some reality for you: The GOP is dying. Enjoy your mutual admiration society while it lasts; the rest of us are standing for the republic.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 16 - Posted by: rod reese, 10/5/2013 8:23:06 AM     (No. 9551136)

its funny how democrats are actually scared of the Tea Party. of course rinos like John Wayne McCain and Miss Lindsay Graham as well as crybabies like John Boehner don´t inspire any confidence. There is no 2 party system. There is one party of criminal thieves running the show in DC and they´re stealing everything they can for themselves. And they continually establish new plans and exceptions for THEMSELVES.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Kerryman, 10/5/2013 8:52:22 AM     (No. 9551170)

The end game is to win the argument which is just being engaged. Obamacare is not going to be repealed until Congress and the Presidency changes. The fight now is pointing out political abuses which exist. These are not part of the Law and are little more than "earmarks". Additionally, the Dems have been shown to be intractable about going back on the privileges they have granted to their favored friends EVEN at the expense of kids with Cancer and 90 year old veterans. I would keeping funding programs that embarrass them. I would give them 48 hours to accept the current terms and then demand that the IRS be taken out of the process. The IRS routinely abuses many Amendments of our Constitution and we don´t want them in our Healthcare.

You can´t challenge the Constitutionality of the waivers until 1/1/2014 until you can have someone with standing. The waivers are all outside of the ACA. Start fighting on that basis while this train wreck unveils itself.

Semper Fi

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Reply 18 - Posted by: mikkins2, 10/5/2013 9:08:13 AM     (No. 9551184)

Ahhh....
The Establishment Republican flying monkeys have finally gotten their talking points from RNC Headquarters.

The Jen Rubinite Brigade is hard at work trying to find a way to capitulate to the Democrats and blame this Cruz upstart for the predetermined loss when they do.

Cruz did propose a plan, funding a budget piece by piece , omitting non necessary or disputed portions of the bill for later debate. Why this not considered "a strategy" is because the Establishment then connot fund pet projects by burying them in a budget to sneak them through.

Articles like this are designed to cover up what the Establishment cowards cannot admit. They want Obamacare because they see the money making potential this beast can line their pockects with.

Thats the only strategy they will accept.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: steph_gray, 10/5/2013 9:20:21 AM     (No. 9551204)

Not only does Cruz have a plan but it is also the tried and true method by which the Congress used to work for hundreds of years until the recent usurpation by Communism. There were always individual funding bills. Omnibus bills are a new and bad idea.

History is irrelevant to the regime and its toadies.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 10/5/2013 9:22:03 AM     (No. 9551206)

If only the Pubbies would go after Dims the way they go after their own. I´m actively seeking a third party.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: rabidrepublican, 10/5/2013 9:23:18 AM     (No. 9551208)

We in North Carolina have been mourning the passing of our beloved Jesse Helms for many years. It intensifies whenever our pitiful Senator Richard Burr´s name comes up. But it appears that Ted Cruz might be the perfect reincarnation we have been waiting for.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: TXknitter, 10/5/2013 9:33:32 AM     (No. 9551225)

Is this rich or what? The Senate Republican squishes lecturing Cruz about strategy? Is this a joke? The establishment moderates have had their way the last two disastrous presidential election cycles. What bold legislative successes do McConnell and his gang have to brag on? The CONSERVATIVE voters, represented by the likes of Senator Cruz, were the ones responsible for securing the House in 2010. The dark hearts and cowardice of this party being laid out there for all to see.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: susieq1, 10/5/2013 9:42:08 AM     (No. 9551241)

#22 oh yes, Jesse he would stand his ground. Remember he thoughts regarding a zoo just put a fence around Chapel Hill.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: rabidrepublican, 10/5/2013 10:06:19 AM     (No. 9551275)

#24...as I recall he suggested a 10´ chain link razor wire topped fence be erected around Chapel Hill, the Berkley of the East Coast. We loved it!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: hicokid, 10/5/2013 10:09:07 AM     (No. 9551280)

Cruz is the best thing to happen to the Republican party in a long, long time. His strategy is simple. Fight back and don´t surrender before the battle begins. Who knows where this will go? One thing for sure, we know the end-game if we surrender.

Why do those of his own party like Karl Rove, Ron Johnson, Peter King, Lindsay Graham and John McCain publicly attack Cruz? they want to undermine and weaken Cruz, so that they can go back to business as usual. They are the "realist" that duck, cover and think that they are the great deal-makers, i.e., getting us more bread to go with our crap sandwich.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 10/5/2013 10:09:31 AM     (No. 9551281)

To add to #7, I have never understood why those so-called ´reality caucus´ repubs cannot or will not read the tea leaves. Cruz is being supported on a NATIONAL level here. Are they really so stupid and blind that they don´t get that the support for Cruz would extend to them too?

Ted Cruz is a brilliant man who is simply standing for what he believes, and doing what he was elected to do. His Job.

I truly wish that more members of Congress would just realize that and get with the program.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 10/5/2013 10:14:03 AM     (No. 9551294)

Win the hearts and minds of the people and the details will take care of themselves.

With ankle deep blood in the streets if necessary.

We can defend liberty now of we can leave our children in chains.

Your grand children are being enslaved this very moment.

Will you not fight for them ?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Doctor P, 10/5/2013 10:20:35 AM     (No. 9551301)

I have found that in any discussion, when one uses the term "reality", the meaning is that all other viewpoints are improper and that the others must change their viewpoints to the author or be dismissed.

This begs the question and stops any rational discussion.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: MDConservative, 10/5/2013 10:24:03 AM     (No. 9551309)

The real issue here is that McCain, Graham and the other usual "Gang of (#)" are neutered - they cannot bring about a deal to look "moderate" and sell out conservatives (and supposedly Republicans). McCain tried with his 15 minutes after Ted´s Excellent Marathon Speech...he only failed, and his failure underscores his tendency toward duplicity.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: stablemoney, 10/5/2013 10:27:19 AM     (No. 9551318)

The shutdown of 15% of the government is something to celebrate, not to end. A 15% cut in government spending is perfect. The longer it goes on, the more people realize they don´t miss it, or need it. Obama mad and grounded, Reid mad. How can that not bring smiles to the faces of conservatives? This is great joy.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: franq, 10/5/2013 10:38:57 AM     (No. 9551338)

One thing I know. If the resolution to this impasse comes from "The Best We Could Get" Wing, we´re doomed.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: planetgeo, 10/5/2013 10:46:07 AM     (No. 9551356)

Better: Ted Cruz Wipes The Reality Kakas

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Desert Fox, 10/5/2013 10:52:55 AM     (No. 9551372)

WOW Tokyo Rove´s Gangrene Girls of the Rovette Brigade are out in force excoriating with vitriolic venom Ted Cruz and the Social and Fiscal Conservatives who support him. CDS is rampant among the G.O.P. Neville Chamberlain Caucus. For it is in such manner that each time Congressional G.O.P. representatives meet with the Godless Humanist Progressive/Liberal DemocRats in Congress and the Hussein Regime to discuss legislation that affects Americans. The Neville Chamberlain Caucus is out waving the latest counter proposal as being acceptable and the best Americans can expect. Despite handing the last two Presidential Elections to the Godless Humanist Progressive/Liberal DemocRats on a Silver Platter in the form of FAILED Cookie Cutter Candidates who were just Lite Versions of the opposing Party. The Neville Chamberlain Caucus, like a Meth addict, seek to continue the repetitive madness while dragging the country down with them.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: usingthebean, 10/5/2013 11:39:45 AM     (No. 9551488)

If Karl Rove has a son, he´d look like Peter Weiner.......literally!

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Reply 35 - Posted by: marthaville, 10/5/2013 11:42:39 AM     (No. 9551493)

Many of the Republican Senators are Bob Dole Republicans. They love being in the minority and tagging along to pick up crumbs under the Democrat tables. Sometimes they get to eat at the table and even play golf with the Democrats.

On the House side are the Bob Michel Republicans. Oh how they enjoy being the minority party. They join with the Bob Dole Senators and look forward to another 40 years in the minority.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: jglas, 10/5/2013 3:51:34 PM     (No. 9551829)

The end game is pretty simple actually, the shutdown has to become more uncomfortable for Obama than for the Republicans. As the MSM becomes more shrill and the actual facts of the shutdown (e.g. the Senate can open any part of government anytime they choose because the House has already passed bills to that effect) coupled with the atrocious performance of the Obamacare exchanges, Obama will take the less painful route, agree to everyone being treated the same under Obamacare, delay the personal mandate like they have the employer mandate and drop all the waivers and bribes to favored people (like themselves).

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London - A remarkable piece of high-tech data detective work has provided what looks to be the missing clue to the tragic fate of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, an expert said Monday. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak earlier on Monday said that information provided by British satellite company Inmarsat and the British government´s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed that MH370 had flown to a remote part of the Indian Ocean where the flight ended. (Snip) Inmarsat had come up with a theory to apply to the data it had collected from MH370 during the flight, and had then tested the results on aircraft in

Carter Blames Jews for Obama’s Snubs
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Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/25/2014 5:15:26 AM     Post Reply
Former President Jimmy Carter is back in the news this week publicizing a new book about women’s rights. But, as is often the case with Carter, he drew more interest for comments he made about Israel and its supporters. When asked on NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday by Andrea Mitchell why it was that Barack Obama never called upon him for advice, he made it clear that the Jewish state was the reason he has been treated like a pariah: I—that’s a hard question– for me to answer—you know, with complete candor. I think the problem was that– that in dealing

Media Matters inexplicably attacks Fox
News for using the term ‘homosexual’

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Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/25/2014 5:18:35 AM     Post Reply
Media Matters, the website of choice for Fox News haters everywhere, attacked the cable news network on Monday for using the term “homosexual” in its programming — advancing the peculiar argument that the scientific term has a “pejorative connotation.” The online “media watchdog” contends that calling gay people “homosexual” is “a practice that’s quickly falling out of favor with major news outlets due the term’s often pejorative connotation and frequent use by opponents of LGBT equality.” Fox News, they chide, “has yet to update its language when referring to gay and lesbian people.” Buttressing their argument? A weekend piece in the Fashion

Michelle: ´There Were Actually Laws in
America that Allowed Discrimination
Against Black People Like Me´

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Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/25/2014 12:12:59 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama talked about America as she visited a school today in China. She talked about the American dream: And my story isn’t unusual in America. Some of our most famous athletes, like LeBron James, and artists, like the singer Janelle Monae, came from struggling families like mine, as do many business leaders -- like Howard Schultz. He’s the head of a company called Starbucks, which many of you may have heard of. When Mr. Schultz was a boy his father lost his job, leaving their family destitute. But Mr. Schultz worked hard. He got a scholarship to a

Sasha Obama is not impressed
with trip to China

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New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/25/2014 4:44:05 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Spring break was never this dull. First Lady Michelle Obama’s kids finally hit the wall on their whirlwind visit to China, showing signs they’ve nearly reached their limit tagging along with mom as she visits site after site on what’s billed as a “person-to-person” tour. Accompanied by Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12, the first lady on Monday toured Xi’an, an ancient city in the ancestral province of Chinese President Xi Jinping. They inspected the city’s 600-year-old wall, a day after touring the Great Wall near Beijing. Photos show Sasha looking like she’d rather be back home with her pals than hitting the

Why churches should brace for
a mass exodus of the faithful

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The Week, by Damon Linker    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/24/2014 9:30:28 AM     Post Reply
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the sweeping acceptance of gay marriage in recent years is owed in large part to Christianity. Rejecting the rigidly hierarchical and stratified societies of the ancient world, Jesus Christ taught the equal dignity of all persons, proclaimed that the meek shall inherit the earth, and declared that the last shall be first and the first shall be last. The Western world has been working out the logic of these subversive teachings ever since, with the institutional transformation of marriage being the latest, though surely not the last, example of its social, moral,

Can Liberals Trust John Roberts
to Rescue Obamacare Again?

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New Republic, by Tom Donnelly    Original Article
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Most Supreme Court watchers are fixated these days on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby—the important challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate scheduled for argument Tuesday. And why wouldn’t they be? With its potent mix of religion, sex, Obamacare, and prayerful corporations, it’s the blockbuster case of the term. It is also a crucial test of Chief Justice John Roberts’s leadership on the Supreme Court. Just two years ago, Roberts cast the deciding vote to largely uphold the Affordable Care Act. While the country remains divided over whether he acted like a traitor or a statesman, all would have to agree

Anthony Weiner Hired As Business Insider
Columnist: ‘Weiner!’ Debuts On March 28

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International Business Times, by Ellen Killoran    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 3/24/2014 7:07:47 PM     Post Reply
It’s not an early April Fool’s joke -- Business Insider has hired disgraced former NYC Congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner to write a weekly political column, starting Friday. Hunter Walker, Business Insider’s politics editor, published the announcement on Monday, after teasing the news on Twitter by announcing that “something wonderful is about to happen.” The folks at Business Insider are clearly aware of the built-in entertainment value of hiring the scandalized politician, who is best known for sending an explicit photo of himself to an online mistress on Twitter -- and initially denying the photo was his. (The trouble didn’t

Sotomayor, Kagan: Hobby Lobby Should
Drop Insurance, Pay Penalty and Let
Employees Use Exchange

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Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/25/2014 3:43:04 PM     Post Reply
During oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday which focused on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees. “But isn´t there another choice nobody talks about, which is paying the tax, which is a lot less than a penalty and a lot less than -- than the cost of health insurance at all?” Sotomayor said during the presentation by attorney Paul Clement, who represents Hobby Lobby Stores

De Morgen apologises for Obama cartoon
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De Redactie*, by Michael Torfs    Original Article
Posted By: wetenschapper- 3/24/2014 7:59:55 AM     Post Reply
The Flemish daily De Morgen has offered apologies for the Obama cartoon that was shown in its satirical section "The Daily Herald" on Saturday. The digital collage compares the Obamas with monkeys and triggered numerous international reactions. De Morgen says they made an error of judgement.


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