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Party Leadership Message War Via Twitter

April 2, 2014 by Andrew17

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

This morning I took a look at the different tweets from the party leadership (Democrats and Republicans). You will notice something very interesting about Mitch Mcconnell's tweet. He doesn't mention Healthcare. Why is that?

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Is Money Speech?

March 23, 2014 by gawilliams14

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

A short while ago I was asked my opinion of Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 US 310 (2010), and some of the new cases coming before the Supreme Court regarding campaign finance laws. While this article is short, it will encapsulate some of my thinking on the issue, and how I answered the question. It doesn’t purport to be a scholarly reply, as I am writing for a more general audience, but I hope that the comments contained herein provides some food for thought.

At its heart is the initial question of whether monetary contributions by individual citizens to political candidates is in fact speech. That question was answered affirmatively in the 1976 case of Buckley v. Valeo, 424 US 1 (1976), which struck down the 1974 amendments to the campaign finance laws pertaining to candidate expenditure, while upholding limits on individual campaign contributions. The central holding that is in fierce debate, namely that campaign contribution limitations are constitutional, has come into some question with the Citizen’s United decision, as well as some slightly older decisions during the first decade of the 21st Century.     Read more

Judicial Review: Usurpation of the Will of the People?

March 4, 2014 by gawilliams14

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

I had to shake my head once more this past week when I heard a comment about a court ruling that invalidated a state law.  It was the age old comment that an unelected judge had usurped the will of the people by ruling unconstitutional a popularly voted in state law.  It begs the question of whether or not the people making these comments (sometimes governors and legislators, not just average citizens) understand the role of a court when reviewing legislation.  Sadly, I think many are seriously mistaken.  I would like to take a moment and offer my own view on the subject.    Read more

In Some Events the US Should Not Go for the Gold

February 6, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

As the Olympics begin in a country that is a leader in silencing dissent and imprisoning citizens, it would be a good time for the United States to close Guantanamo and reform policing tactics.

In the world spotlight stands Russia, a champion in spying on its own people, while the US confronts its own NSA excesses and could change course on domestic surveillance.

Putin’s nation is a winner’s circle for oligarchs, but America competes with its growing inequality -- though it would do better to not be a victor in wealth stratification and economic injustice.

Americans may win our share of Olympic medals but in authoritarianism and corporatocracy let’s allow Russia to come in first — there’s no need for America to go for the gold.

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Is Chris Christie political career over?

January 9, 2014 by THE POLITICUS

Recent lane closure on the GW Bridge for political payback by Christie's staff cause major delays and maybe a death.

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Did Hell Just Freeze Over?

January 9, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

As America shivered through a historic freeze, Obama warmed up the discussion of poverty, the Senate passed unemployment benefits and debate shifted from austerity to inequality.

While record lows chilled much of the country, there was a spark of hope on intelligence reform, Affordable Care sign-ups heated up and new allies called to let Snowden thaw out.

And in NJ, the GOP's most popular candidate may have to put his 2016 plans on ice as his national ambitions seem a bridge too far.

Politics has never been believably pretty, but in the Garden State, Did Hell Just Freeze Over? it's unbelievably petty.

Maybe the polar vortex caused hell to freeze over: we're witnessing events we had never expected, and a few conservatives stuck out in the cold.

Warm company, hot topics and cool beers will turn a winter night into a winner night at your local progressive social club.

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House of Cards - Season 2 - Official Trailer - Netflix [HD]

January 6, 2014 by THE POLITICUS

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

I haven't been more excited about a television program since the final season of Air Wolf. Yes, I said Air Wolf. Anyway, this season of House of Cards follows Frank's rapid ascension to the heights of power as he fights for the VP slot. 

There's only two outcomes I can see for Francis Underwood. #1. He gets shot and killed #2. He gets exposed and goes to Jail. What are your thoughts?

From Endured To Insured, Though Not Yet Assured

January 2, 2014 by Living Liberally

We survived a year of stalemate and shutdowns, shouting matches, sideshows and sh*t-storms, and somehow, despite setbacks and silliness, millions of Americans begin the new year insured.

We made it through bogus budget battles, callous compromises, cave-ins and calls for cuts, to a new year that starts with new rhetoric: a President, Pope & nation talking about inequality.

We stumbled through saber-rattling with Syria, and slogged through Snowden's NSA surprises to a January that finds us in fewer wars than a year before and fresh force for reforms in our intelligence operations.

2013 was a year we endured. Will 2014 see more Americans insured, our privacy ensured and our safety net assured? We can hope and work, but we can never be sure.

Show of up for a sure bet of socializing and sipping as we share New Year's resolutions and revels at your local progressive social club.

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Phil Robertson: Pick a 16-year-old wife and make sure she can cook (video)

January 1, 2014 by THE POLITICUS

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

The video below is just the latest comments to shed some light on Phil Robertson's view. I wonder if Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal would agree that a man should be able to marry a 16 year old girl. And by the way, shame on A&E for not doing their research on this man before they gave him a national platform.

Do you think the country is better or worse off in 2013 than it was in 2012?

December 26, 2013 by Andrew17

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2013: Slow Down, Showdown, Snowden and Snowed In

December 26, 2013 by Living Liberally

A year that began with a bold Inauguration following a clear re-election and talk of mandate was mired in revelations of government spying, a stalled Washington agenda and a faulty website.

A year that started with the GOP vowing to reform and rebrand after defeat saw them kill gun control & immigration laws, shut down the government and lose popularity.

A year unfolding in the wake of Sandy & Newtown brought further disasters and more massacres, Syria distractions, serial distortions & silly diversions where stalemates were success & progress a pipe dream.

Congress moved as slow as Healthcare.gov, instead of fiscal cliffs, we crashed into fiscal walls, the NSA revelations made Big Government a reality and legislators acted like obstructionism was a good thing.

Overall, it was a year of slowdowns and showdowns, of Snowden, and feeling snowed in by a blizzard of hypocrisy and self-interest.

That said, we also avoided an unnecessary war, expanded affordable healthcare and saw the spread of marriage equality. So there's something to toast in the year gone by.    Read more

What are your thoughts about A&E's decision to suspend Duck Dynasty' patriarch Phil Robertson for his comments in a GQ interviews

December 20, 2013 by THE POLITICUS

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Congress Brakes for Break, But Is Already Broken

December 19, 2013 by Living Liberally

A year after the Newtown massacre, Congress still hasn't passed sensible gun laws.

A year after the GOP announced a change of heart, Congress has done nothing on immigration reform.

A year after Hurricane Sandy's devastation Congress has avoided any climate change debate.

Every day brings new NSA revelations, but Congress grumbles and lets the spying continue. The stagnant economy stresses American families but Congress never considers the American Jobs Act.

Yet Congress is now proudly patting itself on the back for an unimpressive budget deal that is only noteworthy because it doesn't push us into a manufactured crisis and gets our representatives home for their vacation,.

When Congress's marker of success is measured by not causing a government shut-down and getting to enjoy their winter break, it's time to reconsider our expectations.

After a year of putting the brakes on progress, these folks are looking forward to winter break -- sadly, this Congress is already broken.

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NSA Task Force Recommations - File Attached

December 18, 2013 by THE POLITICUS

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President Obama’s National Security Agency task force offered some major reforms for the beleaguered National Security Agency (NSA). Download the full report now. 
Do you think these recommendations will help?

Will an American President ever be an open atheist?

December 15, 2013 by THE POLITICUS

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