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This Bill Could End State Abortion Restrictions

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

This Bill Could End State Abortion Restrictions
George Zornick, The Nation: For years the pro-choice movement has had to battle a wide array of restrictions passed on the state level, from onerous regulations on abortion clinics to “fetal pain” bills that deliberately give women bad information about abortion procedures. In fact, from 2011 through 2013, more than 200 state laws were passed that make it harder for women to access abortion services. But the Senate Judiciary Committee held an important hearing Tuesday on a bill that could, in one swoop, clear out most of those laws. The Women’s Health Protection Act, introduced last year by Senators Richard Blumenthal and Tammy Baldwin, enumerates many of these laws that would be expressly prohibited and keeps abortion providers from being singled out by legislation that doesn?t apply broadly to most other medical services in the state.

KKK Hands Out Candy in South Carolina
Some residents in northwestern South Carolina say they found bags of candy on their street containing a piece of paper asking them to join the Ku Klux Klan. Residents in an Oconee County subdivision found the bags Saturday night or Sunday morning. The paper said “Save Our Land, Join the Klan.” When someone dials the “Klan Hotline” listed on the paper, a voicemail responds, “Be a man join the Klan! Illegal immigration is destroying America,” discusses immigration concerns and ends with, “always remember if it ain’t white, it ain’t right. White power.”


Weather Channel show has geeks talking shop

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Weather Channel show has geeks talking shop
NEW YORK (AP) — A bunch of weather geeks sitting around talking shop is The Weather Channel’s idea for new programming.


6 things Hillary Clinton requested for a 2013 speaking gig

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

6 things Hillary Clinton requested for a 2013 speaking gig
A nine-page booking contract from remarks at the University at Buffalo shows just how much structure – and money – her speeches demand

Americans name immigration over economy as biggest concern
The flood of undocumented minors at the U.S.-Mexico border has propelled immigration back into the public spotlight, a new poll suggests

Hobby Lobby owners planning to build Bible museum
The evangelical Christian family behind the craft stores is ready to spend $800 million on the D.C. museum


Mark Levin Rant Targets The Daily Show ‘s Jon Stewart: “I Don’t Trust Jews Who Change Their Names”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Mark Levin Rant Targets The Daily Show ‘s Jon Stewart: “I Don’t Trust Jews Who Change Their Names”

From the July 15 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Mark Levin Show:

Previously:

Mark Levin: The Go-To Radio Host For GOP Lawmakers Despite Inflammatory Rhetoric

Mark Levin Compares Obamacare Supporters To Nazi “Brown Shirts”

Mark Levin Compares Marriage Equality To Incest, Polygamy, And Drug Use


The Jewish State in a Morally Sick World

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

The Jewish State in a Morally Sick World
Dennis Prager, RealClearPolitics
Let’s drop the names “Hamas” and “Israel” and make a list of the characteristics of two imaginary warring entities. We’ll call them Entity A and Entity B. Entity A: –Declares that its raison d’etre is to annihilate Entity B. –Sends missiles to explode in the most populated parts of Entity B in order to kill as many civilians as possible. –Uses families and individual civilians as human shields to protect its own leaders from attack. –Tortures and kills domestic political opponents. –Has no political or religious freedom and has no freedom of speech, press, or assembly, and no independent…

A Part-Timer Boom — or Blip?
Robert Samuelson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — There may be a dark lining to the sunny June employment report, which recorded an increase of 288,000 payroll jobs for the month. Most — or all — of the increase may have been part-time jobs. If that’s a trend, it could signal a weaker economy. It could also vindicate critics of the Affordable Care Act (the ACA or Obamacare). They have argued that the added costs of providing health insurance for full-time workers would cause many firms to emphasize part-time employment. Is it a trend? Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Mortimer Zuckerman — real estate developer and…

Faith at Center Stage in Arkansas Senate Race
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
The Bible has made its way to the center of one the most highly contested and consequential U.S. Senate races this cycle. The Good Book, in fact, was the focus of one of Mark Pryor’s re-election campaign ads last December. “My compass, my North Star,” the Arkansas Democrat called it. And the Scriptures made a return to the airwaves last week in another Pryor ad — this time in response to comments his opponent, Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, made about his faith. “The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers, only God does,” the two-term senator says in the…


EU summit fails to fill two top jobs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

EU summit fails to fill two top jobs
EU leaders fail to agree on who should fill two top EU jobs – foreign policy chief and European Council president.

Cabinet Eurosceptic now, says Fallon
David Cameron’s cabinet is now Eurosceptic, says newly-promoted defence secretary Michael Fallon – prompting a swift response from Nick Clegg and Vince Cable.

Harman: PM tax rise claim ‘pathetic’
Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman accuses David Cameron of indulging in “low politics” to claim that the opposition plans to raise taxes on middle earners.


Threlkeld Journal: For Sale, English Mountain and Title of Lord, $3 Million. (There’s a Catch.)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Threlkeld Journal: For Sale, English Mountain and Title of Lord, $3 Million. (There’s a Catch.)
To help pay taxes, the eighth Earl of Lonsdale wants to sell one of England’s most distinctive and much clambered mountains. Not that a new owner could do much with it.



Raising Stakes on Russia, U.S. Adds Sanctions
The new penalties, targeting a series of large banks and energy and defense firms, go significantly further than the financial and travel limits imposed so far.



World Briefing: Uruguay: Teachers Call Strike
Teachers in Uruguay are going on a 24-hour strike to protest a wave of physical attacks on educators by students’ parents.




Palestinian-American Teenager Returns Home After Beating

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Palestinian-American Teenager Returns Home After Beating
Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, who relatives say was beaten by Israeli authorities, flew back to Tampa, Fla., and was greeted by cheering supporters waving American and Palestinian flags.




5 Reasons Why John Boehner’s Anti-Obama Lawsuit Is A Terrible Idea

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

5 Reasons Why John Boehner’s Anti-Obama Lawsuit Is A Terrible Idea

Why would Republicans want to implement Obamacare sooner?

The post 5 Reasons Why John Boehner’s Anti-Obama Lawsuit Is A Terrible Idea appeared first on ThinkProgress.

House Debates Payroll Tax Extension Plan

CREDIT: Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Republicans are holding a hearing on Wednesday over whether to sue President Obama for unilaterally delaying the employer responsibility provision in the Affordable Care Act in an effort to challenge what they see as his administration’s lawless use of executive authority. The lawsuit will come after the administration twice delayed the provision — which requires employers with more than 50 employees to pay a fine if they don’t offer affordable quality coverage — citing complaints from firms that claimed they wouldn’t be ready to meet its requirement by 2014.

And while the lawsuit may be “uniting House and Senate Republicans” and filling up the GOP’s campaign coffers, it is unlikely to bear fruit for House Republicans in court. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. The GOP may not have standing to file suit. A plaintiff who files a lawsuit must have been injured in some way by the person that they are suing. But neither House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) nor any other member of Congress has been injured by the delay.

2 Conservative legal scholars have dismissed the suit. Ironically, the GOP’s own star witness in favor of the lawsuit , Elizabeth Price Foley, a law professor at Florida International University, once argued that its success is unlikely. “When a president delays or exempts people from a law — so-called benevolent suspensions — who has standing to sue him?” she wrote in the Daily Caller. “Generally, no one. Benevolent suspensions of law don’t, by definition, create a sufficiently concrete injury for standing. That’s why, when President Obama delayed various provisions of Obamacare — the employer mandate, the annual out-of-pocket caps, the prohibition on the sale of ‘substandard’ policies — his actions cannot be challenged in court.”

Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith predicted, “The lawsuit will almost certainly fail, and should fail, for lack of congressional standing. “Former Bush Department of Justice prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has also described the suit as “either untrue or abject nonsense.”

3. The lawsuit would implement Obamacare sooner. Obama initially postponed the employer responsibility provision until 2015 in July of 2103, arguing that the Treasury Department has “transition relief” authority to delay provisions of new law. In February of this year, the administration announced that companies with 50 to 99 employees will have until 2016 to extend insurance to their employees, while larger businesses with 100 or more workers can avoid paying a fine if they offer health care to at least 70 percent of their workers next year, and cover 95 percent of their workers in 2016.

But should Republicans win their lawsuit, the provision would be implemented sooner — over the objections of businesses and the GOP itself, which has repeatedly voted to repeal the law. It is also unlikely that the Supreme Court would reach a final decision on his case until June 2016, months after the employer mandate is supposed to go into effect anyway.

4. When the delay was first announced GOP didn’t think it was illegal. Republicans did not immediately question the legality of the postponement. Instead, the GOP called on Obama to also delay the individual mandate and vowed to take another vote on the matter.

“Is it fair for the president of the United States to give American businesses an exemption from his health care law’s mandate without giving the same exemption to the rest of America? Hell no, it’s not fair,” Boehner told House Republicans. “We should be thinking about giving the rest of America the same exemption that Obama last week gave businesses.” In a letter to Obama, Boehner even admitted that the employer mandate “cannot be implemented within the current time frame.” The party has referred to the provision as a “jobs killer” and has sought its repeal.

5. Most Americans oppose the effort. A survey released on Monday by Americans United for Change found that 51 percent of voters don’t believe the lawsuit is legitimate and 56 percent believe it to be wasteful.

Even some conservatives have rejected the effort. RedState.com editor-in-chief Erick Erickson, has called the lawsuit “a political stunt wasting taxpayer dollars” that is “designed to incite Republican voters who might otherwise stay home.”

The post 5 Reasons Why John Boehner’s Anti-Obama Lawsuit Is A Terrible Idea appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Is ‘Reform Conservatism’ Anything New? Or Just More of W.’s ‘Compassionate Conservatism’?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Is ‘Reform Conservatism’ Anything New? Or Just More of W.’s ‘Compassionate Conservatism’?
From: The Christie Watch

Part I of a three-part series by Christie Watch on the reformicons, the debate to reinvent the GOP, and who's behind them.

Is Canada’s New Anti–Sex Work Bill Unconstitutional?
From: Michelle Chen

The bill purports to target only those who purchase sex, but threatens to indirectly criminalize many of the services, spaces and personal interactions that would make it possible for sex workers to openly do business.