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On the Affordable Care Act, the media, and crying wolf

A night or two ago CBS Evening News did what news reports always seem to do: in order to capsulize the latest crisis, they had short interviews with two women in Virginia after Tuesdays election. The unsuccessful candidate for Governor had made Obamacare the prime issue, and while he lost, the margin was less than predicted.

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Protesters march to Metrodome, denounce Washington team nickname as racist

Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Metrodome on November 7. denouncing the nickname of Washington's NFL franchise, the Redskins.

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Ten arrested as immigration reform activists protest at Representative John Kline's office

Ten protesters were arrested Monday as they blocked Burnsville Parkway in front of U.S. Representative John Kline’s office while about 100 supporters watched their act of civil disobedience. Organized by La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (Assembly of Civil Rights), a statewide, faith-based non-profit organization, the action was planned in an effort to pressure the Republican Congressman to support immigration reform, as well as to call on House Speaker John Boehner to bring HR-15, the bill that has already passed in the Senate and includes a path to citizenship, to the House Floor.

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Obamacare: Republican tragedy, Democrat farce

By now everyone knows that federal roll out of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) health care exchanges has been a disaster. But Obamacare is also a tragedy and a farce. A tragedy because it is a horrible policy, a farce because it is now forcing Democrats to defend what was essentially a Republican idea.

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OPINION | Water bill vote shows faith in government solutions

In a lurch toward sweet bipartisanship, the U.S. House of Representatives, AKA Shutdown Central, last week approved the long-delayed Water Resources Reform and Development Act by an astounding vote of 417 to 3.

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Second round of sequester cuts could threaten the Pell Grant

With the second round of sequestration cuts approaching in January, federal financial aid for students remains at risk.

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Fix the debt

With the big fight behind them, it’s time for the leaders in Washington to sit down and get to work in order to prevent another confrontation in January. Haha! I know, it’s always best to open with a joke, so I hope you liked that one.

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Campaign financing and the price of democracy

All indications are that the Supreme Court will soon declare yet another campaign finance reform measure unconstitutional, chipping away yet another piece of the Post-Watergate reforms that sought to limit the corrupting influence of money in politics. At least this is the indication based on the oral arguments in the recently argued McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case. The Roberts Court will do this by arguing that the First Amendment protects the right of individual donors to expend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections. The basis of the reasoning will be that aggregate spending limits by individuals does not corrupt or lend to the appearance of corruption of the political process.

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Four reasons immigration reform is YOUR issue; even if you are not an immigrant…

  1. You benefit from the work, taxes and contributions of immigrants in America. Don’t participate in the passive exploitation of immigrants, join in solidarity with them. The American Revolution with Great Britain began over taxation without representation, today millions of UDP (Undocumanted Persons) contribute taxes yet have no voice in government.
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Shutdown ends, debt crisis averted – now what?

The federal government shutdown has ended and the debt ceiling crisis averted, but serious concerns remain about whether Congress will take a path that supports economic growth and boosts Americans’ living standards, or instead will focus too much on deficit reduction and in the process, increase hardship and slow down the economic recovery.

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