I’m old enough to remember when elections had consequences. A time when voters made a decision as to what direction the country should head, at least politically. That “golden age” was as recent as 2005, when President Bush said, “We had an accountability moment, and that’s called the 2004 election.” Simply put, elections have consequences, and whether Democrats liked it or not, the people had spoken.
In 2012, the American public had a clear choice for which direction they’d like the country to move towards. Both major parties laid out clear and starkly contrasting visions: the Republican Party’s philosophy of, “You’re on your own,” versus the Democrat Party’s, “We are in this together.”
The centerpiece of the respective party’s opposing platforms was Obamacare. Romney said he’d repeal it. Obama said he’d affirm it. What did the voters say? Well, the election wasn’t even close. Obama crushed Romney in the Electoral College, 332-206, and carried every single battleground state except North Carolina. Not only did Obama win the popular vote by a margin greater than 5 million, House Democrats received 1 million more votes in congressional races than their Republican counterparts. THE PEOPLE SPOKE!
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For-Profit Corporation Is Not A Person With Ability To Exercise Religious Freedom Rights, Federal Co
A Michigan-based for-profit business that manufactures fuel systems, power-steering systems and medical devices does not have the right to an exemption from the Obama administration’s birth control mandate, a federal appeals court ruled today.
In a unanimous opinion, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that Autocam Corporation is not entitled to an exemption from the contraceptive mandate, which requires most businesses to provide workers with health insurance that includes no-cost birth control. The court said a secular, for-profit company is not a person that can exercise religion under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
TIME journalist “I can’t wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange.”
Needless to say, Wikileaks are demanding his resignation.
From The Atlantic 2013-06-18 Conor Friedersdorf.
USA Today has published an extraordinary interview with three former NSA employees who praise Edward Snowden’s leaks, corroborate some of his claims, and warn about unlawful government acts.
Thomas Drake, William Binney, and J. Kirk Wiebe each protested the NSA in their own rights. “For years, the three whistle-blowers had told anyone who would listen that the NSA collects huge swaths of communications data from U.S. citizens,” the newspaper reports. “They had spent decades in the top ranks of the agency, designing and managing the very data collection systems they say have been turned against Americans. When they became convinced that fundamental constitutional rights were being violated, they complained first to their superiors, then to federal investigators, congressional oversight committees and, finally, to the news media.”
Sen. James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, argued that there is no comparison between Hurricane Sandy relief, which he voted against last fall, and aid for his state in the wake of Monday’s devastating tornado because the two are “totally different.”
Rush Limbaugh asserted that same-sex marriage has never passed by popular vote, even though several states have passed gay marriage initiatives by popular vote and polls show a majority of Americans support it.
Discussing the upcoming Supreme Court cases on marriage equality on the March 25 edition of his syndicated radio show, Limbaugh said that “If left to a vote of the people, same-sex marriage loses every time it’s been on the ballot.” He added that “every time it’s been voted on by the people, it has gone down to defeat. That’s why the courts have to get involved”:
In fact, same-sex marriage has passed by referendum in several states. In November, Maine, Maryland, and Washington became the first states in the country’s history to allow same-sex marriage by referendum. Citizens in Minnesota voted against a state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as only between a man and a woman.
In a rather unusual takedown of a conservative, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly slammed Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann on The O’Reilly Factor Wednesday night, calling her attacks on President Barack Obama in a speech last week “trivial.”
In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, Bachmann criticized Obama for “lavish” spending and using taxpayer dollars to fund, among other items, a dog walker. Some of these claims were challenged, which led to an awkward hallway encounter between Bachmann and CNN reporter Dana Bash on Wednesday.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Outgoing Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster plans to investigate claims that ‘dozens of black people’ who were unfamiliar to municipal officials voted Nov. 6 in rural Maine towns.
‘In some parts of the state, there were dozens of black people who came in to vote,’ Webster said. ‘Nobody in town knew them.’