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I can see this bumper sticker from the steps of the Supreme Court

Posted by  ▪  June 29, 2012

I can see this bumper sticker from the steps of the Supreme Court

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6/29/2012 at 7:00am
Keep your hopes alive, you’re well on the way. Another one from Kathy, spotted in Harrisonburg, VA:
 

Mark Levin on Obamacare ruling

Posted by  ▪  June 28, 2012

Mark Levin on Obamacare ruling

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6/28/2012 at 9:25pm
Makes many of the points I made today, including rejecting the delusion that this was a victory:
 

Stop the self-delusion

Posted by  ▪  June 28, 2012

Stop the self-delusion

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6/28/2012 at 6:43pm
Some well-meaning people are peddling the notion that today’s Obamacare decision was a long term victory, that we lost the battle but won the war, that there was some master plan by Chief Justice Roberts to gut the expansion of Commerce Clause power under the fig leaf of a majority ruling…
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Not above the law: Holder first U.S. Attorney General to be voted in Contempt of Congress

Posted by  ▪  June 28, 2012

Not above the law: Holder first U.S. Attorney General to be voted in Contempt of Congress

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6/28/2012 at 4:40pm
This afternoon the full U.S. House of Representatives voted 255 to 67 to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress for failure to turn over specific documents. Eric Holder is now the first U.S. attorney general to be held in contempt of Congress in the history of the United…
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Supreme judicial activism in restraint’s clothing

Posted by  ▪  June 28, 2012

Supreme judicial activism in restraint’s clothing

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6/28/2012 at 3:30pm
The most disturbing thing about today’s decision is not that we lost on the mandate. The majority opinion on the Commerce Clause (the Chief Justice plus the conservative dissenters) was quite good, and vindicated those who mounted an argument as to “inactivity” to the derision of the law professoriate. What is most…
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The Dow Jones and Obamacare decision

Posted by  ▪  June 28, 2012

The Dow Jones and Obamacare decision

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6/28/2012 at 1:59pm
The Dow Jones dropped nearly 100 points in the hour after the Supreme Court Obamacare decisions were announced, just after 10am. It dipped to 12,462 at its lowest point after having begun the day at 12,626.  
 

How right I was: “IRS The New Health Care Enforcer”

Posted by  ▪  June 28, 2012

How right I was: “IRS The New Health Care Enforcer”

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6/28/2012 at 12:30pm
On August 14, 2009, I tried to sound the alarm as to where Democrats’ health care proposals were heading. At that time I was dealing with the precursors to what became Obamacare.  The congressional language distinguishing the mandate as a penalty and the political arguments that it was not a tax had…
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The reaction

Posted by  ▪  June 28, 2012

The reaction

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6/28/2012 at 12:12pm
Romney’s statement: Obama lied to the American people. Again. He said it wasn’t a tax. Obama lies; freedom dies.— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) June 28, 2012 Not taking Congress at its word on penalty is the new judicial restraint #SCOTUSlogic— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) June 28, 2012 SCOTUS to POTUS: It’s a tax. A…
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To the Voting Booth!

Posted by  ▪  June 28, 2012

To the Voting Booth!

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6/28/2012 at 10:27am
Consider this Pep Talk IV. Was it over when Harry Reid pushed Obamacare through at Christmas time in December 2009? Not when voters took to the voting booth and elected Scott Brown. Was it over when Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats were forced to accept the Senate version so that reconciliation could be used,…
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SCOTUS Obamacare Watch (Update: Mandate survives as a tax? Yes)

Posted by  ▪  June 28, 2012

SCOTUS Obamacare Watch (Update: Mandate survives as a tax? Yes)

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6/28/2012 at 9:30am
Was Scalia’s Dissent Originally a Majority Opinion? Scalia’s dissent, at least on first quick perusal, reads like it was originally written as a majority opinion http://lsolum.typepad.com/legaltheory/2012/06/evidence-that-the-votes-shifted-after-conference-initial-vote-to-declare-mandate-unconstitutional.html (in particular, he consistently refers to Justice Ginsburg’s opinion as “The Dissent”). Back in May, there were rumors floating around relevant legal circles that a key…
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Word of the Day

Posted by  ▪  June 28, 2012

Word of the Day

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6/28/2012 at 8:32am
… Dread (I’m already preparing Pep Talk IV)
 

Dear Supreme Court Justices

Posted by  ▪  June 28, 2012

Dear Supreme Court Justices

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6/28/2012 at 7:00am
Please read this bumper sticker before rendering your decision. From Linda, taken at the Riverwood mansion, Nashville, on June 23: “The right to be left alone—the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by a free people.”— Louis Brandeis, dissenting, OLMSTEAD v. U.S., 277 U.S. 438 (1928).  It shouldn’t just apply…
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This time tomorrow

Posted by  ▪  June 27, 2012

This time tomorrow

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6/27/2012 at 6:26pm
where will we be? Big day here. Will create an “open” post somewhere around 9:30 a.m. waiting to find out if the Supreme Court Kremlinologists have been right. Or not. Then will follow up with a post detailing my take on the decision. Followed by the House vote to hold Eric Holder in contempt. Predictions:  The internet…
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Florida wins round on non-citizen voter purge

Posted by  ▪  June 27, 2012

Florida wins round on non-citizen voter purge

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6/27/2012 at 4:02pm
Via AP: A federal judge has refused to stop Florida from removing potentially non-U.S. citizens from its rolls. The U.S. Department of Justice sued the state to halt the purge, arguing it  was going on too close to a federal election. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said Wednesday that there was nothing in  federal…
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A friend in need

Posted by  ▪  June 27, 2012

A friend in need

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6/27/2012 at 3:04pm
Friend of the blog, blogger, and commenter Ric Locke (warlocketx) has bad news on his blog (h/t Instapundit), It’s Lung Cancer: Stage III, inoperable. Median survival prognosis: One year after diagnosis. Which is, as it turns out, the reason I haven’t been accomplishing much, including posting here and making progress on the sequel…
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Something seems to have changed in Syria

Posted by  ▪  June 27, 2012

Something seems to have changed in Syria

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6/27/2012 at 1:30pm
There seems to be a change in Syria, a worsening of the situation for Assad. I can’t tell if this is the turning point, a turning point, or just a bump in Assad’s road to staying in power with the military help of Iran, Hezbollah and Russia. But there seems to be…
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Reader Poll – Will Elizabeth Warren get away with Cherokee claim?

Posted by  ▪  June 27, 2012

Reader Poll – Will Elizabeth Warren get away with Cherokee claim?

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6/27/2012 at 12:13pm
I don’t think I saw this Mass GOP web ad before, but it’s good.  Too bad it’s not shorter so it could be aired: Since today seems to be the day for Reader Polls, let me know if you think Warren will get away with her claim to be Cherokee. By get away…
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