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Saturday Ramblings, May 23, 2015: Memorial Day Edition Greetings iMonks. Today, Dan is away at the Moody Pastor’s Conference, you know, the one where all the moody, grumpy pastors congregate and complain. That leaves me, one unworthy to tie Dan’s...
From: Internet Monk | By: Chaplain Mike | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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How the Supreme Court allows drug dragnets while calling them unconstitutional
From: Reason | By: Jacob Sullum | Friday, May 22, 2015
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A month after legislation was introduced to eliminate mandatory arbitration clauses in employment, consumer, civil rights and antitrust cases, a coalition of 58 lawmakers and several consumer advocate groups are urging the Consumer Financial Protection...
From: Consumerist | By: Ashlee Kieler | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Having considered some pretty bad scenarios yesterday for what would happen politically if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare subsidies for states that haven't set up their own insurance purchasing...
From: Washington Monthly | By: Ed Kilgore | Friday, May 22, 2015
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For three election cycles, American Crossroads, the brainchild of Karl Rove and other leading Republican strategists, has been among the most powerful forces in national politics, a shadow party that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising,...
From: Free Republic | By: New York Times | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Confessions of a soon-to-be graduate...
From: The Atlantic | By: Caroline Burke | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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A federal judge in Alabama ruled Thursday that same-sex couples have the right to marry throughout the state, but she put her ruling on hold until the Supreme Court decides the issue this spring....
From: CNN | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Health insurers on many state exchanges are requesting the right to increase premiums by upwards of 50%. President Obama’s signature legislative achievement–the healthcare law popularly known as Obamacare–is facing a potentially existential fight...
From: Free Republic | By: TIME | Friday, May 22, 2015
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In case you were twiddling our thumbs on this, you can keep twiddling. The New York Times reports: At precisely 3:56 p.m. on Thursday, Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, introduced a popular Internet symbol for a careless shrug of the shoulders...
From: Liberaland | By: Alan | Friday, May 22, 2015
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In fact, now he’s a supporter of single payer! The 49-year-old South Carolina man who garnered attention — and thousands of dollars in donations — after revealing his medical issues online is now supporting the Affordable Care Act and turning away...
From: Suburban Guerrilla | By: susie | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Ireland’s gay-rights movement has rejected the Church’s authority, even while embracing its values....
From: The Atlantic | By: Mo Moulton | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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The Progressive welcomes two terrific new staff members! The great editor and investigative reporter Bill Lueders joins the magazine as associate editor.  The dynamic fundraiser and organizer Lily Johnson joins The Progressive as development director....
From: The Progressive | By: The Progressive | Friday, May 22, 2015
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It was a rough week for Catholic groups arguing that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects them from being forced to facilitate the provision of contraception to their employees in violation of the groups’ religious beliefs. As...
From: Free Republic | By: Hotair | Friday, May 22, 2015
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New cellphone video sheds light on Freddie Gray's fatal journey in a Baltimore police van. The footage obtained by The Baltimore Sun shows Gray lying motionless as several police officers shackle his ankles and load him into the vehicle. It appears to...
From: Truthout | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Health insurers on many state exchanges are requesting the right to increase premiums by upwards of 50%.
From: Time | By: Geoffrey Smith | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Thursday’s announcement by Robert Gates, president of Boy Scouts of America, that the group may need to change its policy on gay leaders drew a predictable avalanche of coverage, some of it very good and some of it a mess. Some background: The Scouts...
From: Get Religion | By: Julia Duin | Friday, May 22, 2015
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A number of states are quietly considering merging their healthcare exchanges under ObamaCare amid big questions about their cost and viability. Many of the 13 state-run ObamaCare exchanges are worried about how they’ll survive once federal dollars...
From: Free Republic | By: The Hill | Friday, May 22, 2015
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On Thursday, Boy Scouts of America President Bob Gates said “the status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.”...
From: The Atlantic | By: Adam Chandler | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Hawaii's health insurance exchange teeters on the brink, and others struggle to find funding.
From: Reason | By: Peter Suderman | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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The public will decide, and polls indicate they'll say yes.
From: Reason | By: Scott Shackford | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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There's been an extraordinary amount of speculation about who might be exposed to blame if the U.S. Supreme Court rules for the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell. Since it's Republicans...
From: Washington Monthly | By: Ed Kilgore | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT) actually made people pay attention to a Senate Floor Speech by bringing out the photo of an emoticon dear to the hearts of many political journalists.
From: Mediaite | By: Tina Nguyen | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is forging ahead with a massive refinancing to convert $805 million in variable-rate debt to fixed-interest rates, even though the price will be higher now that Chicago’s bond rating has been reduced to junk status. The refinancing...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Fran Spielman | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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WITH its five conservative, Catholic men, three liberal women and Justice Breyer, today's Supreme Court seems predictably ideological. The retirements of Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter and John Paul Stevens over the past decade—three justices...
From: The Economist | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Church & Dwight Co. v. SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics, GMBH, No. 14 Civ. 00585, 2015 WL 2359467 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 24, 2015) Earlier discussion.  SPD argued that the FDCA barred Lanham Act false advertising claims against it because the FDA had preapproved...
From: Rebecca Tushnet | By: Rebecca Tushnet | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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The symbolism of the Louisiana governor’s effort to grant impunity to same-sex marriage discrimination outstrips its legal import....
From: The Atlantic | By: Garrett Epps | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Pianist James Rhodes has written a personal memoir so raw and harrowing that the court of appeal – and his ex-wife – prevented him from publishing it. Now that the ban has been lifted, he explains why he refused to be silencedThe pianist James Rhodes...
From: The Guardian | By: Zoe Williams | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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THE CRUMBLING TEFLON PRESIDENCY?:  Jeffrey Toobin has a piece in The New Yorker today called “Obama’s Game of Chicken with the Supreme Court.”  His thesis is that if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama Administration in the Obamacare subsidy...
From: Instapundit | By: Elizabeth Price Foley | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Sometime next month, the Supreme Court will decide King v. Burwell, and the conventional wisdom about the stakes in the case appears to have shifted. The case represents a challenge to the core of the Affordable Care Act. The plaintiffs charge that,...
From: New Yorker | By: Jeffrey Toobin | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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It’s not every day that a GOP presidential candidate talks about the drug war’s ‘disparate racial impact’ while trying to run the clock out on blanket surveillance
From: Reason | By: Matt Welch | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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The Nevada Supreme Court is sticking to an earlier decision that at least temporarily blocks water interests in Las Vegas from pumping new supplies from the high desert near ...
From: Las Vegas Sun | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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The estate of Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes series of books, has initiated a lawsuit against Miramax, Roadside Attractions and director Bill Condon. The estate contends that the film Mr. Holmes, which stars Ian McKellen as Sherlock...
From: The Inquisitr | By: Edward VKanty | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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Politico had a story yesterday about assistance Elizabeth Warren gave the United States in its appearance before a NAFTA arbitration tribunal in the Loewen Group case. The sting of the story appears to be that Senator Warren is some sort of hypocrite...
From: Bag and Baggage | By: Mark Tushnet | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Susan A. Bandes (DePaul University - College of Law) has posted Empathy and Article III: Judge Weinstein, Cases and Controversies (64 DePaul Law Review (2015)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: The question of whether judges ought to be empathetic...
From: Legal Theory Blog | By: Lawrence Solum | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Timothy Kelley was caught with child porn videos on his home computer, but the Denver police officer has managed to avoid jail time in a sentencing decision that has caused controversy. The 50-year-old Kelley received a four-year deferred sentence this...
From: The Inquisitr | By: Nathan Francis | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Popehat’s bookmarkable guide to journalistic nonsense about the First Amendment
From: Reason | By: Matt Welch | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Not satisfied. According to a new Pew poll, the Republican base isn't too happy with their leaders. Today, just 41% of Republicans approve of the job their party’s leaders in Congress are doing. [...] And just 37% of Republicans say their party’s...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Madison— Days before three state Supreme Court justices skipped ceremonies to admit new lawyers to the bar, Justice N. Patrick Crooks accused newly elected Chief Justice Patience Roggensack of breaking court rules by threatening to throw him off a...
From: Free Republic | By: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Friday, May 22, 2015
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The Wichita Eagle is the latest Kansas paper to publish an editorial taking the state legislature to task for a controversial measure that ties the judicial budget to the outcome of a specific court case. The case questions the constitutionality of...
From: Gavel Grab | By: Emily Carter | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Another analysis of Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar was published this week, this time in Verdict. Vikram David Amar explains his major takeaways from the case, and what they mean for the future of free speech cases in the Supreme Court. First, Amar...
From: Gavel Grab | By: Emily Carter | Friday, May 22, 2015
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The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider an earlier decision that ruled the process for accommodating religious objections to the birth control benefit of the Affordable Care Act did not burden the group's rights. Image: shutterstock The...
From: RH Reality Check | By: Jessica Mason Pieklo | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Former billionaire Tim Blixseth will remain in a Montana jail after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bid to release of the founder of the luxurious Yellowstone Club ski and golf resort....
From: Wall Street Journal | Friday, May 22, 2015
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In today's On the News segment: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveils his 13-point "Progressive Agenda to Combat Inequality"; once again, Pope Francis has spoken truth to power; the Justice Department has let another bank off the hook for its crimes;...
From: Truthout | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage. U.S. District...
From: The Raw Story | By: Reuters | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Is a word or slogan on a license plate symbolic of the vehicle owner's right to free speech? Or is it a mobile billboard promoting an opinion of the issuing state? The U.S. Supreme Court is trying to decide that...
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A bill to penalize those who boycott Israel that passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly May 18th places the economic welfare of Israel before U.S. interests, tacitly endorses the full annexation of the West Bank into Israel, and violates...
From: Mondoweiss | By: John Dworkin | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Many movement leaders have been close to the reality star now accused of child molestation
From: Time | By: Elizabeth Dias | Friday, May 22, 2015
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In an article published this week, Facing South summarized the importance of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar. The ruling upheld a state’s right to impose limitations restricting a judicial candidate’s ability...
From: Gavel Grab | By: Emily Carter | Friday, May 22, 2015
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The proposal to end the ban against gay leaders leaves the door open for individual troops to do the wrong thing...
From: Time | By: kirstensalyer2015 | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Try as Republicans might to use this information to continue attack Hillary Clinton, there is nothing new in the emails released Friday. The State Department and Ms Clinton have been subject to intense scrutiny by a congressional committee which is...
From: Liberaland | By: Alan | Friday, May 22, 2015
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