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Bombshell: Federal judge suddenly
green-lights lawsuit that could stop
Obamacare in its tracks

Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko

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Posted By:Maryland_Patriot, 10/22/2013 3:48:33 PM

A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a case that could fatally cripple the Obamacare health insurance law. The Affordable Care Act forbids the federal government from enforcing the law in any state that opted out of setting up its own health care exchange, according to a group of small businesses whose lawsuit got a key hearing Monday in federal court. The Obama administration, according to their lawsuit, has ignored that language in the law, enforcing all of its provisions even in states where the federal government is operating the insurance marketplaces on the error-plagued Healthcare.gov website. Thirty-six states chose not to

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: grampstosix, 10/22/2013 3:58:27 PM     (No. 9577307)

This is good news. And very timely. If it makes it to the Supreme Court let´s hope Roberts doesn´t screw up again.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: pickle1, 10/22/2013 4:09:24 PM     (No. 9577329)

These comments are from Americans across the country. They have been passed along by Sen. Mike Lee. Obamacare is not just about your healthcare. It´s about every aspect of your life.

http://themattwalshblog.com/2013/10/21/the-definitive-guide-to-how-obamacare-is-destroying-american-lives/?awesm=freedo.mw_i0j

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 10/22/2013 4:26:31 PM     (No. 9577359)

Never, ever count on Justice Roberts again, #1. He wrote law from his perch when he "found" a tax in ZeroCare. He should be impeached for that and is not to be trusted.

I still marvel that the America I grew up in has become the Amerika it is today. Plus, Roberts is young. I shudder to think how much damage he will be able to do to personal freedom before he retires.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Memphis, 10/22/2013 4:52:30 PM     (No. 9577405)

They will learn the hard way....This could be funny.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kennedylaw, 10/22/2013 4:58:27 PM     (No. 9577414)

Who cares what the law says? Our Glorious Leader is the law!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lil dotty, 10/22/2013 5:01:22 PM     (No. 9577416)

Justices are filled with as much fear of the regime as our elected congress. If they have families, they will make their final decision carefully in order to keep them safe. Not one will have the courage of their convictions to go against the dark Won. Have faith, but keep in mind that the odds are not in favor of America. The deck is stacked.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: retCPO, 10/22/2013 5:14:48 PM     (No. 9577434)

Rubio is out there today trying to "defund" Obamacare while he, and every other Republican have simply ignored the IRS ruling that allow Federal operated exchanges to give subsidies even though the law clearly states that only state operated exchanges are eligible for the subsidies.

This clearly shows the cowardice and stupidity of the Repubs. I have been yelling about this since Roberts ruled a penalty a tax. I cannot imagine how the Supreme Court can get around the clear letter of the law, I´m sure they will find a way to delay it so long that itwill become a moot point.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 10/22/2013 5:18:10 PM     (No. 9577440)

Putting on my tinfoil hat. I smell a very big Lib Rat. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman was a Clinton appointee. Could this be a set up, he strikes down the law and then they somehow push the meme that Conservatives destroyed the law.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Marzon, 10/22/2013 5:46:14 PM     (No. 9577468)

I was wondering what happened to this approach. Since I had heard nothing about it for many months I just assumed a liberal judge had thrown out the case. Interesting that even now we only get an update from a foreign news source. Our gutless republicans should have been fighting Zippycare on all fronts, including this one.

Perhaps #8 is right. Now that the health control law is failing spectacularly and dragging the statists down with it, having it stopped this way would stop their slide down the bowl and they would forevermore claim that Zippycare would have been a great success if evil conservatives hadn´t gotten it ruled unconstitutional. I gladly pay that price though to avoid the nation wrecking disaster that is zippycare

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Reply 10 - Posted by: cake crumb, 10/23/2013 6:57:55 AM     (No. 9578073)

The only direction Roberts leans in "over".

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Reply 11 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 10/23/2013 7:09:52 AM     (No. 9578081)

"The Obama administration, according to their lawsuit, has ignored that language in the law"

Obami ignoring the law - I´m SHOCKED!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bpl40, 10/23/2013 7:23:55 AM     (No. 9578095)

The fact that a Clintonista ´judge´ greenlighted this could be the real rat here. I can see piggy hooves clad in a pantsuit behind this.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: chance_232, 10/23/2013 7:26:25 AM     (No. 9578099)

"The Obama administration, according to their lawsuit, has ignored that language in the law"

Now there´s a shock! /S/

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Janjan, 10/23/2013 7:29:28 AM     (No. 9578101)

They will absolutely blame Republicans if this law is stopped. So what? That is what we have been demanding that they do. I don´t care how they do it. The Republicans in Congress have obviously given up so let the lawyers give it a whirl.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ADNova, 10/23/2013 7:33:49 AM     (No. 9578103)

If an injunction is issued so be it. It would be a great day to see the liberal´s favorite branch of government bite them in the *ss. Still, hanging hope on this feels a bit like looking for a pony or a bb gun after all the Christmas presents have been opened. I´m not holding my breath.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: avital2, 10/23/2013 7:41:00 AM     (No. 9578112)

it is best if this monstrosity dies because of rejection by citizens rather than in the courts.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 10/23/2013 7:45:11 AM     (No. 9578118)

Once again, the Brits sending over the real deal. Even the Daily Mail, albeit a progressive rag, now doing its job. Indeed, if this one makes its way to the Supremes, that Roberts wakes up this time instead of going along to get along. None of this Stockholm Syndrome stuff next time, Judge Roberts. You to, pubbies.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: wherewithal, 10/23/2013 8:15:08 AM     (No. 9578165)

The poison pill as been in the open all along, if you know the Constitution. This is a revenue (tax) bill that originated in the Senate and the Constitution requires ALL revenue bills to originate in the House. It´s called the Origination Clause.

I don´t understand why all of the "Constitutional Scholars" out there don´t seem to know this.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: 2dogs, 10/23/2013 8:30:41 AM     (No. 9578194)

Suppose they dropped the ACA tomorrow...claimed it a failure or unconstitutional. THEN what? The Ins. companies have already retooled their policies, sent their "we´re sorry" letters, etc. All those folks cancelled would be in total limbo, still needing to get a policy, but now all the private policies COST more. We are screwed either way!!!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rinktum, 10/23/2013 8:44:22 AM     (No. 9578209)

Every time a new way to stop this abomination pops up, I get my hopes up only to be disappointed when it comes to naught. Frankly, I doubt this will be any different but I can´t help myself, I hope it will be. I just can´t fathom this great country being brought down by these clowns.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: steph_gray, 10/23/2013 8:48:37 AM     (No. 9578219)

#15, it´s such a pile, there´s just got to be pony in there somewhere.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: stryker714, 10/23/2013 8:52:14 AM     (No. 9578225)

Well maybe the Clinton appointed judge is going to do the Clintons a favor as the Arkansas duet don´t really like Obama?
If it goes to the Supremes, that will be a home game for the democrats as in victory. As subjective as Roberts was before, he´ll do it again. The whole subsidy concept is laughable, especially applied to ACA. It might as well be a rebate on a Ford Pinto or Chevy truck with the side saddle gas tanks.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: oh-heck, 10/23/2013 9:10:50 AM     (No. 9578256)

All the states had a high risk pool for uninsured with preexisting conditions. As part of ACA (Obamacare) a federal pool was created. The enrollment was predicted to reach 625,000 almost immediately, but growth was slow. The federal pool finally reached 100,000 around the first of the year, at which point they realized that the $5 billion might not stretch til 2014. This was the core group for whom Obamacare is a real savings. Somehow the Obamacare PCIP has managed to cost between 3 and 5 times the average cost of the state high risk pools. Now is the time to determine whether we need to continue to have a PCIP (preexisting conditions insurance pool) separate from healthy insured people in Obamacare.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: EnsignO, 10/23/2013 9:49:20 AM     (No. 9578309)

Like most here, I am extremely angry that John Roberts twisted the definitions of "tax" and "penalty" by trying to make them synonymous.

A penalty is punitive and is meant to be a punishment. That doesn´t make it a tax.

A tax, while burdensome to some, is not necessarily meant as punishment. A tax is a method of collecting a small sum of money from everyone to maintain things all citizens enjoy.

There are exceptions, though. When a person drives on a toll road, every vehicle has to pay the "toll" to use that road - it doesn´t matter how wealthy or poor the driver is. The toll is not meant to be punitive, it is merely a way to pay for the road over a period of years. The toll is generally a small charge and isn´t likely to bankrupt those who drive on the toll road.

However, if a driver decides he/she doesn´t want to pay to drive on said toll road and there is another road that will get the driver to the same place he is going, then the driver is free to make that choice. Just because the "other" road might not be as well maintained or might take a little longer to get to the final destination, the driver can make the choice to not pay the "toll" and to go the different route.

There is no penalty in not using the toll road. But in not buying health insurance, the non-buyer will be punished - small penalty for first year of not buying, but in ever-increasing amounts in subsequent years. Finally the non-buyer will either relent or he will go to the new debtor´s prison.


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Reply 25 - Posted by: bighambone, 10/23/2013 9:53:54 AM     (No. 9578319)

I would not get to excited about this ruling by a District Judge to allow the lawsuit to go forward as that does not mean that he will rule against the Obama crew in the end. Anyway it will take a long time for this to reach the US Supreme Court which would then have to accept the case. In the meantime look for the Obama crew to get the law changed and make all this moot.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: EnsignO, 10/23/2013 10:22:47 AM     (No. 9578380)

Sorry for another comment, but just wanted to respond to #19´s rather defeatist comment: Suppose they dropped the ACA tomorrow...claimed it a failure or unconstitutional. THEN what? The Ins. companies have already retooled their policies, sent their "we´re sorry" letters, etc..

I imagine the insurance companies can come up with some sort of rollback pricing and opportunities to come back to their company. Once businesses feel a lot more secure that they will be able to continue, they will begin hiring again.

My point is, first and foremost, to have a "can do" attitude about our good fortune if the ACA is declared a failure or unconstitutional. We must think like Winston Churchill:

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

"Success is not final...Failure is not fatal...it´s the courage to continue that counts”

and above all:

"Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

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Reply 27 - Posted by: jglas, 10/23/2013 10:37:25 AM     (No. 9578401)

Get that injunction and shut this thing down. Let people think about it. they know what it is now.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Arby, 10/23/2013 11:03:10 AM     (No. 9578471)

Interesting article, and (as nearly always) the story is covered by a British newspaper.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: dman, 10/23/2013 11:06:35 AM     (No. 9578480)

Country above politics: at this point, what does the blame game matter? Roberts might get a "Mulligan": who knows? - miracles can happen.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Butch59, 10/23/2013 11:09:16 AM     (No. 9578484)

Since there are far too many liberal judges sitting on the bench, I´m not too excited about this news. For some reason, liberal judges seem to be very happy and pleased to create law from the bench. And I don´t see any of them changing their strips with this one. As such, I´m just going to keep my power dry, buy more ammo, and wait as see what the outcome is.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 10/23/2013 11:22:02 AM     (No. 9578507)

Whatever they had on Roberts, they still have. He will do the White House´s bidding. Trust is out the window on this man.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: mindyourbubble, 10/23/2013 11:26:52 AM     (No. 9578514)

I to do not trust Roberts.

His original interpretation was a result of unbridled "Scrupulosity".

In the church´s Catechism, applying and using Scrupulous methods of judgment is a "Mortal" Sin. Especially when great needless harm is done.

There is more to this but not necessary here.

One can only hope Roberts uses this case to render a Not Legal Verdict as an act of LAW and Contrition for his past lack of not making a Reasonable Judgment rather than a "Scrupulous" one.

Never the less my trust of him doing so is extremely low and weak.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: 2dogs, 10/23/2013 12:51:14 PM     (No. 9578644)

#26, pessimism only comes from knowing the Repubs would have to step up to the plate. So far, other thanCruz and Lee, we have only RINOS to chart our course.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 10/23/2013 1:36:54 PM     (No. 9578747)

I continue to believe the Obama snoops at the NSA have something on John Roberts.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: flatwater, 10/23/2013 1:54:04 PM     (No. 9578785)

No worries. If the case should make it to the Supreme Court, John Roberts will just read the litigation through a funhouse mirror, translate it into interpretive dance, and find further justification for raping our Constitution yet again....

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 10/23/2013 3:01:36 PM     (No. 9578922)

I am searching the letter of the ACA all morning- I do not see it. I´m sure it´s there. but, I can´t find the section and paragraph. I want to see it for myself.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 10/23/2013 3:35:18 PM     (No. 9578967)

I found the law suit and ehre are the re4ference from that law suit (public record)

§ 36B(b)(2)(A) (emphasis added). Therefore there is no premium-assistance subsidy under the Act unless the citizen pays for insurance obtained through a State-established Exchange. Confirming the point, the statute calculates the subsidy by looking to“coverage months,” defined as months in which the taxpayer “is covered by a qualified health plan described in subsection (b)(2)(A)
that was enrolled in through an Exchange established bythe State under section 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
.” 26 U.S.C. §36B(c)(2)(A)(i) (emphasis added). Again, unless the citizen has enrolled in a plan through aState-created Exchange established under § 1311 of the ACA

It looks to me like it´s solid. ND


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Reply 38 - Posted by: seenitallbefore, 10/23/2013 6:35:10 PM     (No. 9579224)

#7 No way is the Daily Mail a progressive rag. You are confusing it with the Guardian, the Daily Mirror or the so-called Independent.

The Daily Mail, Daily Express and Daily Telegraph are all right-wing. The Mail, despite being a tabloid, has the best investigative journalists in the business, IMHO

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Reply 39 - Posted by: TheCommish, 10/23/2013 7:17:40 PM     (No. 9579288)

#18 - Re originating in the House...As I recall, the Senate took a resolution passed by the House - I think it had to do with veteran housing - stripped out all the language, then inserted the language of the ACA. This was done because they could not muster 60 votes (Scott Brown) but needed only 51 for reconciliation.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: reillybinx, 10/23/2013 11:18:15 PM     (No. 9579569)

Time to use their Alinsky tactics against them. Sue, sue, sue....overwhelm the system.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 10/23/2013 11:41:48 PM     (No. 9579598)

Correct #39 and that is illegal too.
Harry reid should be immediately removed from the Senate based on committing an unconstitutional high crime.
As to what ever they have on Roberts if anything we the people should grant him immunity that allows him to escape from the Obama blackmail business if he outs that act against him.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: rock n robin, 10/24/2013 10:50:35 AM     (No. 9580165)

Maybe this has been dealt with elsewhere, but:
Since Roberts declared the penalty to be a tax and tax bills originate in the House, I´m not sure why the Repubs can´t legislate that the penalty=tax will be changed to, say, $10.00 and this amount can never be increased in future years.
This might be a way of making the ACA toothless.

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Kim Novak responds to post-
Oscars ridicule: ‘I was bullied.’

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Washington Post, by Soroya Nadia McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/18/2014 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

Analysis: Obama Celebrates
Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/17/2014 8:56:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:59:04 PM     Post Reply
The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?


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