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  • More Than 1.5 Million Without Power; 4 Killed

    06/30/2012 8:01:42 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 96 replies
    A fast-moving line of dangerous storms knocked out power to more than 1.5 million customers in the D.C. area Friday night. A day of record-shattering heat ended with severe thunderstorms that rushed through the metro area with strong winds and an impressive lightning display. The storms produced hurricane-force winds in excess of 80 mph. Gusts of 82 mph were reported in the Reston area. On Saturday morning, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management confirmed that four people had died due to the storm in the Commonwealth. The National Weather Service reported a tree fell on a car in the area...
  • Health Care Ruling Changes National Debate(Right-Wing Extremism Suffered Big Political Defeat)

    06/30/2012 6:05:33 AM PDT · by Son House · 23 replies ^ | June 29, 2012 | John-Rummel
    Wow. How quickly the press changes their reporting. With the Supreme Court ruling yesterday upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), today's front section of the Detroit Free Press has the following headlines: "Hospital execs promise improved care" "Up to 500,000 more poor people will get coverage in Michigan" "Many find hope in ruling" "Many of law's provisions already proving popular" and a two-thirds page description of the law's consumer protections already in effect and those still to come. I was amazed. Why hadn't I seen such praises of the law before in the Free Press or other big media? How...
  • Bedbugs Hitching Rides On Detroit Buses, Say Drivers

    06/30/2012 5:22:28 AM PDT · by Son House · 55 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 29, 2012 |
    <p>Detroit's bus drivers has reportedly asked local lawmakers to put pressure on the transit agency to help stop the spread of bedbugs on buses.</p> <p>The Detroit News reports that roughly 50 Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) drivers have said they've seen bedbugs on buses, and some have been bitten within the past year, according to Henry Gaffney, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26.</p>
  • Former Abortion Rights Chief Sued by Attorney General’s Office (stealing)

    06/29/2012 10:24:09 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 16 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | June 29, 2012, 2:35 PM ET | By Pervaiz Shallwani
    The one-time president of a prominent abortion-right group was sued Friday by the New York Attorney General’s office for using charity funds for designer shopping sprees, a five-bedroom house rental in the Hamptons and transporting her children to and from school. The office of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a civil suit in Manhattan that accuses former NARAL Pro-Choice New York president Kelli Conlin of using more than $250,000 in charity funds during her tenure to for her own benefit, despite a compensation package that reached $380,000 in 2010....
  • Reality Check: If Healthcare Law Is A Tax Is It Now Invalid?

    06/29/2012 9:40:23 PM PDT · by Revel · 53 replies
    Fox 19 ^ | 6-28-12 | BenSwann
    According to Ben, then if Obamacare is a tax as per the USSC, then the bill had to originate in the house. He claims that it did not. Watch the Video. Can anyone with great understanding validate if what he says is true. Did the final bill not originate in the house? Someone at youtube suggests that the senate used a gutted bill from the house. True or False?
  • Issa, Grassley release details about Fast and Furious whistleblower retaliation, cover-up

    06/29/2012 6:58:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/29/12 | Matthew Boyle
    House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley are asking the Department of Justice’s internal investigator to hold accountable anyone who retaliated against or threatened to retaliate against Operation Fast and Furious whistleblowers. In a Friday letter to the DOJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Grassley and Issa said they’re now concerned retaliation is much more likely following Thursday’s votes to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal and civil contempt of Congress. “We just learned that ATF senior management placed two of the main whistleblowers who have testified before Congress about Fast and Furious under...
  • Ave Maria not backing down from challenging federal contraceptives rule

    06/29/2012 6:26:15 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 7 replies
    Naples News ^ | 29 June 2012 | Victoria Macchi
    A U.S. Supreme Court health-care ruling this week won't directly affect lawsuits filed by religious-affiliated employers like Ave Maria University over a controversial contraception mandate earlier this year. But nestled in the 193-page decision issued Thursday that upheld the constitutionality of the federal health-care act, there was a "silver lining for people of faith," said Kyle Duncan, general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a public interest law firm handling lawsuits by Ave Maria and others. The ruling "suggests that the Supreme Court is willing to entertain arguments that the (Department of Health and Human Services) mandate violates...
  • The Coming ObamaTax Bomb

    06/29/2012 5:54:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | June 29, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    By now you know what the Supreme Court verdict is: ObamaCare is a tax. So what does that mean in terms of actual dollar amounts for Americans and businesses who will pay this new tax? The Heritage Foundation and Americans for Tax Reform have released a series of summaries, tables and charts to help families understand what this means for their wallet. Heritage: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)[1] imposes numerous tax hikes that transfer more than $500 billion over 10 years—and more in the future—from hardworking American families and businesses to Congress for spending on new entitlements...
  • Roberts jokes about trip to 'impregnable' fortress

    06/29/2012 1:57:30 PM PDT · by Alissa · 122 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 29, 3:10 PM EDT | JOE MANDAK
    FARMINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts joked that he'll spend some time on an "impregnable island fortress" now that the court has ended a session that featured him casting the decisive vote to uphold President Barack Obama's health care law.
  • Sarah Palin Thank you, SCOTUS.

    06/28/2012 11:19:15 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 245 replies
    Facebook ^ | 19 minutes ago | Sarah Palin
    Thank you, SCOTUS. This Obamacare ruling fires up the troops as America’s eyes are opened! Thank God. This proves to be such an unsettling time in America as we undergo the fundamental transformation that Barack Obama promised he would do to us if elected. Obamacare was dealt in deception and confusion by flooding the public with an overwhelming amount of conflicting “rationale” via thousands of pages of unread legislative detail, which is the radical left’s M.O. Obama promised the American people this wasn’t a tax and that he’d never raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000. We now see...
  • Insurer: Costs will likely rise for those under 45 [ rates for people 18 to 44 up dramatically ]

    06/29/2012 11:45:33 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 20 replies ^ | June 29 2012 |
    June 29--CHAMPAIGN -- Patient advocates are celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the basic provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but a local insurance executive warns it will likely result in higher coverage costs for those under 45. Ingrum also said the law narrows the gap between what younger and older people can be charged for coverage. "So, insurance rates for the younger people between 18 and 44 are going to go up dramatically, while rates for people over 44 are going to go down," he said.
  • Only Voters Can Save America Now: Washington Has Broken With the Concept of Self-Governance

    06/29/2012 1:19:16 PM PDT · by mojito · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/29/2012 | Dr. Milton R. Wolf
    The Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling on Thursday cuts right to the very fabric of the relationship between a once-limited government and a once-free citizen, but the eternal struggle between liberty and tyranny endures. It is a beginning, not an end. As enormously important as the high court’s Obamacare ruling is - and it’s huge - it’s not the final word. The legal and political dust has not yet settled, and it will take some time for the unpredictable ripples to form the powerful waves of history. Yet, history waits for no man, so we begin by asking: What now? First,...
  • Comprehensive List of Obama Tax Increases

    06/29/2012 1:22:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    American for Tax Reform ^ | 1/20/12 | John Kartch and Ryan Ellis
    Since taking office three years ago, President Barack Obama has signed into law twenty-one new or higher taxes on the American people: 1. A 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco: On February 4, 2009, just sixteen days into his Administration, Obama signed into law a 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco, a hike of 61 cents per pack. The median income of smokers is just over $36,000 per year. 2. Obamacare Individual Mandate Excise Tax (takes effect in Jan 2014): Starting in 2014, anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance must pay an...
  • Obama Destroys Sovereign States U.S. Constitutional Rights

    06/29/2012 1:33:08 PM PDT · by Kfobbs · 12 replies
    Examiner ^ | June 29, 2012 | Kevin Fobbs
    So now, it is the federal government that picks and chooses the laws that shall be enforced, and unwarranted privilege is given to the illegal alien criminal to sidestep the law, but all citizens should be wary of crossing the line and daring to pursue their U.S. Constitutional justice. When the lawless decide the laws and the law abiding citizens become the victims of this presidential imposed lawlessness now unleashed upon the nation, every citizen must stand for regaining justice for the citizen, the family and for each and every American. Justice Scalia is quite clear where he stands on...
  • Mark Steyn: A lie makes Obamacare legal

    06/29/2012 10:19:24 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 52 replies
    OC Register ^ | 6/29/12 | MARK STEYN
    Three months ago, I quoted George Jonas on the 30th anniversary of Canada's ghastly "Charter of Rights and Freedoms": "There seems to be an inverse relationship between written instruments of freedom, such as a Charter, and freedom itself," wrote Jonas. "It's as if freedom were too fragile to be put into words: If you write down your rights and freedoms, you lose them." For longer than one might have expected, the U.S. Constitution was a happy exception to that general rule – until, that is, the contortions required to reconcile a republic of limited government with the ambitions of statism...
  • Limbaugh, GOP have it wrong: Health care law is not the largest tax increase ever

    06/29/2012 9:21:03 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 47 replies
    A silver lining for conservatives in the Supreme Court’s health care decision Thursday is that the court allowed the law to stand based on the idea that the individual mandate was a tax. That news has Republicans and conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh bringing out an old -- and incorrect claim -- that the health care law constitutes the largest tax increase ever.
  • Beck on the ObamaCare ruling: I sure am tired of prominent Republicans selling out conservatives

    06/28/2012 10:07:19 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 76 replies
    HotAir ^ | Thursday June 28, 2012
    A sentiment widely shared today, no doubt. Over at Ace’s place, DrewM issues a warning: Dear GOP, This is your last chance. If you blow this, I’m out and you need to be destroyed. What is it? Repeal ObamaCare on Day 1. Don’t worry about replace, don’t worry about anything else… [A]s soon as Mitt takes the oath of office, before his speech no one will care or remember, walk the bill up to him at the podium to sign. If this does not happen, the GOP must be destroyed and a new party built to replace it. We’ve tried...
  • Russia Violates U.S. Airspace--Russian nuclear bombers violated U.S. airspace

    06/28/2012 7:59:06 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 48 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 28, 2012 | Bill Gertz
    Northcom says Russian nuclear bombers violated U.S. airspace during arctic war games The U.S. Northern Command and joint U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command said two Russian bombers violated U.S. airspace near Alaska during recent arctic war games.Disclosure by the command in charge of U.S. homeland defense followed a report in the Free Beacon quoting U.S. officials who said the Russian aircraft had threatened U.S. air space but did not cross into it and were met over the Pacific by U.S. F-15 interceptor jets. “There was a single out-of-area patrol by two Russian
long range bombers which entered the Alaska...
  • Obama's Big Political Win Sets Stage for More Battles

    06/28/2012 7:16:54 PM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 28, 2012 | CAROL E. LEE and NAFTALI BENDAVID
    President Barack Obama won a monumental legal victory Thursday when the Supreme Court upheld the vast majority of his health-care law, but the fight for public opinion—and votes in November—showed signs of growing more heated. Mr. Obama can argue that he has secured long-held Democratic goals: Expanding health insurance to millions of additional Americans and limiting the power of insurers to deny coverage. That could help the president motivate core parts of his party's base that he needs for re-election, including college-educated women, younger voters and minorities. But the ruling is likely to re-energize Republicans, who swept to a majority...
  • Supreme Court Rewrites ObamaCare; Rules Individual Mandate Is Permissible Tax

    06/28/2012 5:34:54 PM PDT · by ScottfromNJ · 71 replies
    The New American ^ | June 28 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II
    “Simply put, Congress may tax and spend.” With those historic words, the Supreme Court forced upon the United States a bleak dawn of a brave new world in which the federal government cannot be checked in its march toward totalitarianism. In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court upheld the joint venture of the President and Congress to force every American, regardless of ability or desire, to purchase a qualifying health care insurance plan by 2014 or face a tax penalty for failure to comply. Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the Court, held while the “individual mandate is not a valid...